Precast is no exception. Sadly too often, builders and head-contractors get badly burnt when they select the cheapest precast price.
Almost ALWAYS, the cheapest tender will end up costing a WHOLE lot more in the end. Using precasters who don’t manufacture in accordance with Australian Standards and codes often results in the delivery of poor quality product, unrealistic promises, production and delivery delays or safety breaches. These can all result in cost blow-outs, protracted disputes and VERY real programme delays.
In most cases, these costs FAR outweigh the alternative value-for-money tender pricing which has been submitted by a reputable precaster.
Expect to pay bottom dollar and something will give. It WILL cost you in the end.
Just because a precaster has been around for 10 years does not mean they haven’t been riddled with quality disputes, delayed production or had a history of safety incidents.
Absolutely there are plenty of good precasters out there. But how do you know? And do you have the time and expertise to check?
There are a LOT of considerations, here are just a few…
Carrying out proper due diligence is extremely resource-intensive. The process of auditing a precast manufacturer should be complex and detailed, calling for checks that the business is sound and that the required processes and procedures are not only in place, but are actually being implemented on a daily basis.
They are audited BY US and if they don’t pass the audit, they are not admitted to Master Precaster membership. You have our word on that!
When a precaster applies for membership with National Precast, their years of manufacturing experience initially dictate the category of membership for which they can apply.
If it’s under 2 years, they’ll apply for Provisional Precaster. If between 2 and 5, Precaster level, and only if they have 5 or more years of manufacturing experience, can they apply to become Master Precaster.
But they also have to pass the audit and commit to follow the National Precast Master Precaster Code of Conduct.
If an applicant does not pass the Master Precaster audit, they will be admitted as a Precaster member until such time that they submit to follow-up checks and provide evidence of the required information, to ensure Master Precaster membership requirements are met.
Importantly, the Master Precaster audit is:
The audit process is comprehensive and comprises six phases:
The Master Precaster audit involves the checking of systems, documentation, and most importantly, implementation.
In particular, the following areas are audited:
Master Precasters have met National Precast’s strict audit requirements.
Master Precasters supply every Australian state and territory. They can specialise in specific precast elements supplying the civil, building, and landscaping sectors, or they can manufacture across a range of precast elements.
These are the reasons we believe that ONLY a Master Precaster can deliver value for money when it comes to your project’s precast needs.
Look for the Master Precaster logo and ONLY use a Master Precaster to mitigate your risk (or your reputational risk)!