Wade Spring have achieved their fifth FIRA Gold Product certification, this time for their ‘Recliner Springs, 4.00mm Full Arc Kinked Medium Loop’ and '10G/3.25mm Super Loop Back Springs'. This follows on from their Gold Certification for their ‘Zig Zag Sinuous Springs’ achieved in March 2016, then more recently in September 2017 for their 'Fishmouth Springs' and '11g/2.95mm Super Loops Back Springs'.
The FIRA Gold Certification is the recognised quality mark for products or installation services.
To achieve FIRA Gold the springs were assessed against specified durability levels through rigorous tests conducted by FIRA International.
After being in a conditioning environment, set at 23c (+2%) and 50% (+5%) relative humidity for more than 16 hours, spring samples were subject to a static load test of 800 newtons (backs), and a 2,300 newton static load test (seats). Both samples performed well and passed. The springs then underwent a 100,000 cycle durability test to assess long-term performance, again both samples passed. On the 100,000 cycle durability test, the load test for the 4.00mm Medium Loop Seat Springs was @160kgs, and the load test for the 10g Superloop Back Springs was @48kgs.
Speaking on the latest Gold Certification, Chris Woodcock, Managing Director, at Wade Spring said “We’re delighted to have two more products recognised for FIRA Gold. Ensuring we are supplying the furniture industry with quality springs is of paramount importance.
“Whilst we do have our own in-house testing facilities, we see it as crucial that UKAS accredited labs, such as FIRA International, also test our springs. By striving for FIRA Gold it gives our customers added confidence that an independent third party has assessed our products.”
Alongside Wade Spring, there are also a further 44 organisations from across the furniture supply chain who hold a Gold award for products (including bathroom, bedroom, component, kitchen, office, upholstery and worktop products) and 14 organisations who hold FIRA Gold for their installation services.
Details on how to become a FIRA Gold holder is available from www.fira.co.uk/gold, which also includes a full list of current holders.