A CERTIFICATE was presented to a traffic safety company based in Ellesmere Port allowing them to repair roads nationwide.
Hitex Traffic Safety Ltd, who have been at their Cloister Way, Ellesmere Port site for six years, were awarded the certificate for its innovative new product, Texband.
Alan Thomas of the British Board of Agrément presented Hitex with a BBA/HAPAS Certificate, accepted by John Lloyd, the managing director of Hitex and chairman of the RSMA.
Chris Davies MEP for the North West was also in attendance and after watching a presentation by Texband’s product designer Alan Taylor, he said: “Thanks to this company’s development of Texband, the time and costs of repairing road surfaces can be cut and the volume of waste reduced. At Hitex innovation is attracting forward investment and creating new jobs, all of which is good news.”
Texband, manufactured at the Ellesmere Port plant, permanently and economically repairs cracks, seams and joints in all black-top highway surfaces.
It was developed by Hitex and after four years of rigorous road site and laboratory tests has been granted BBA/HAPAS approval and certification. It is a thermoplastic two-part system that combines bituminous and resin technology to produce a product that can be laid at great speed compared to other certified alternatives.
It reduces waste by eight tonnes per kilometre and is a fraction of the cost of the established methods. Because it uses fewer natural resources and creates no waste its carbon footprint is far lower. Other advantages are that its speed of application means less disruption to the road user and lower traffic management costs.
Hitex was established at Ellesmere Port six years ago and its principal products are based on thermoplastic technology including anti-skid, decorative and coloured surfacing products and road-marking paint. The company employs 15 people and is currently extending its factory and yard to accommodate its commercial success and rapid expansion.