Metalite Hitex Group has announced the immediate availability of two new road safety surfacing and repair products designed specifically to meet the needs of India’s highway infrastructure network.
According to Finn Goff, Group Commercial Director, Metalite Hitex Group: “These innovative road surfacing and repair products are made in India at our new manufacturing plant at Bawal in Haryana. They have been developed using a unique blend of materials to ensure that road surfaces maintain their stability in wide range of temperatures from 1-50°C and will last several summers. Their effectiveness has already been proven in early installations throughout Northern India.”
The new products include a reformulated version of Texband, the UK’s leading highway patch repair system for open seams, joints and cracks of up to 40mm wide in bituminous road surfaces. This fill and over-band system provides an economical solution to treat early stage failures and prevent further deterioration or damage to road surfaces. Extremely hard wearing and longer lasting than traditional treatments, it will enable a more proactive approach to be taken to repairing roads and deliver significant cost savings.
To help counter the increasing number of accidents on India’s roads, Metalite Hitex Group is also providing new skid-resistant surfacing treatments at busy junctions, pedestrian crossings and roundabouts. Innovative techniques have been used to ensure that the thermoplastic surfacing material sticks securely to India’s ‘closed texture’ surfaces that typically become extremely slippery when wet. It is coloured red to give drivers a clear visual warning and high PSV (Polished Stone Value) aggregate is used to provide high levels of skid resistance to reduce effective braking distances. Extra-bright, longer-lasting retro-reflective road markings can also be applied to further enhance road safety.
“The speed of application is impressive and these new products provide superior durability and skid resistance compared with traditional solutions,” continued Goff. “They will play a major role in reducing the cost of maintaining India’s highways infrastructure and we are confident that the new surfacing product will deliver significant additional safety benefits.”
St.John Gould, Director UK Trade Investment and Prosperity added: “The partnership between these British and Indian companies celebrates the spirit of GREAT for Collaboration and Make in India. GREAT for Collaboration is an exciting new campaign that inspires new partnerships and highlights the scale of the UK’s commitment to India. We are glad that the UK can use its expertise to provide solutions for road maintenance in India.”
Uniquely, these new Metalite Hitex Group products are fully accredited to CRRI (Central Road Research International) and IRC (India Road Congress) standards.