History of the Group

The successful growth of Hitex International Group has been achieved through continuing investment, professionalism and a determination to remain at the forefront of the industry.


  • Hitex International Group began over 40 years ago with the formation of L&R Roadlines Ltd. They were established as a general contractor of road safety markings, and based at premises in Liverpool, North West England.

  • With road safety and high values of workmanship at the core of their business, L&R Roadlines was part of a group of four UK companies to establish the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA). Still active in the industry today, the Association was conceived to promote the road marking industry as a whole, and to support the collective interests of its members. Today, the RSMA represent around 90% of companies involved in the UK road marking industry.

  • L&R Roadlines became the first UK Road Marking Contractor to gain Quality Assurance accreditation, part of the company’s drive to raise standards in the growing industry sector.

  • Textureprint Ltd is established to service a growing market demand for decorative, innovative road treatments specified for, amongst others: town centres, urban regeneration schemes, pedestrian zones, commercial developments and heritage areas.

  • Hitex Traffic Safety Ltd is established at a purpose-built facility in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Specialising in the manufacture of road safety materials with a strong focus on product development, Hitex Traffic Safety incorporates on-site Research & Development laboratories alongside the most technologically advanced plant of its type in the UK.

  • Hitex Traffic Safety Ltd begins to export specially modified thermoplastic and road surfacing material into Europe.  

  • Hitex Traffic Safety expands further; exporting to North America, South America and the Caribbean.

  • Supplying the industry for over 40 years, Somerford Equipment are manufacturers of a full range of road safety marking and surfacing vehicles and equipment. With a proud heritage for high quality, durable products and excellent support and customer service, Somerford fits perfectly into the expanding group of companies, and allows us to offer end-to-end solutions to our clients for the first time.

  • Hitex Traffic Safety exports continue to increase, with trading in Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

  • Hitex International Group is created, bringing together the four divisions under a cohesive structure. Creation of the group strengthens our offering further, and allows us to pool capabilities and resources to bring new solutions to the road safety sector across the globe.

  • Hitex Traffic Safety premises expand to include a new, sophisticated epoxy manufacturing plant and staff move into new offices

  • Modern, fully-equipped contracting facilities are built at the Hitex International Group site in Ellesmere Port. The new premises provide extensive servicing facilities for vehicles and equipment, and new offices for staff.

  • With further investment to expand our research and development capabilities, Hitex Traffic Safety build a dedicated epoxy R&D laboratory. Hitex International Group are able to broaden their development into the use of sustainable materials and improved processes.

  • Hitex Traffic Safety is founder member of the Road Safety Surfacing Association (RSSA)





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