Traffex 2015

SignPost Solutions enjoyed another successful TRAFFEX exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham on the 21st – 23rd April 2015.

Alongside APT controls and the Parent company of SWARCO the group had a major presence at this year’s show.

Delivering three new product launches in one show was a major achievement which included a new bollard, a lane delineator and a new mini traffic island.

Following the highly successful launch of the SPS 3Sixty self-righting bollard at TRAFFEX 2013 it was the obvious choice of show to launch the new innovative SPS 2Twenty bollard which has been primarily designed for cycle lanes and car parks. The new sleek design offers safety to both cyclists and motorists and commitment to use the product was given by several designers and clients.

Feedback from the many number of visitors to the stand was very positive to all of the products on show and orders were taken for the new mini traffic island on the stand.

If you want to hear more about any of the exciting new products being offered or any other product please feel free to contact any member of the sales team who will be happy to assist you.

SignPost Solutions exhibit at GULF TRAFFIC DUBAI December 2014

Following their huge success at Intertraffic in Amsterdam earlier in the year SignPost Solutions (SPS) took the decision to expand their export drive to the Middle East by exhibiting for the first time at the regions premier traffic and highways event; GULF TRAFFIC.

Held each year at the Dubai World Trade Centre the expo attracts visitors and delegates from every country in the region and beyond. As with Intertraffic, SPS exhibited their new Self Righting Reflective Bollard, ‘SPS 3Sixty’ and passively safe sign post, ‘Optimast’ and both proved to be of great interest all week.

During a post-show review the SPS export team noted over 130 enquires, numerous trial orders and a host of potential new partners so it was a case of ‘trade ‘ mission accomplished!

SignPost Solutions preparing for Gulf Traffic 2014

Following the immensely successful show at Intertraffic, Amsterdam in March 2014, SignPost Solutions will be exhibiting at ‘Gulf Traffic’ for the first time in December.

The SPS 3Sixty bollard and Optimast passively safe post will once again be centre stage on stand H01a.

Exhibition dates are 8th to the 10th of December 2014.

SWARCO purchases APT Group of Companies

In a deal signed by SWARCO founder and owner Manfred Swarovski on 7th May 2014, SWARCO purchased 100% of the shares of the APT Group based in Harrow, Middlesex. SWARCO and APT have previously worked successfully together on a number of projects, for example in the parking guidance management of major UK shopping centres, and have proved the advantages of a combined offer to the market.

APT Group comprises APT Security Systems, APT Skidata Ltd, APT Street Services, APT Technologies, SignPost Solutions Ltd and ParkingPal Ltd. SWARCO CEO Cees de Wijs acknowledges the natural fit between the two groups, their products, and their current and prospective target markets:

“We have complementary rather than competing products and solutions, and strong synergies in terms of business ethics, culture and corporate dynamics.”

Dermot Murphy, Chief Executive of the APT Group of Companies, describes the merger as a ‘win win’ for customers:

“Customers will benefit from having an even broader range of products, services and indeed people with whom to work,” he said. “But more than this, the combined resources of both businesses can be focused on researching and developing new products, and bringing those products to market in a more timely fashion in line with customer demands.”

SPS 3Sixty crushed by cement mixer in Malta

SignPost Solutions knew that they had designed an extremely robust traffic bollard but they had no idea just how tough it was until they got a call from contractors Adam Grima Limited in Malta who had installed an SPS 3Sixty bollard in Naxxar, Malta some months ago.

Adam Grima, Director of Adam Grima Limited noted that ‘a cement mixer hit the pavement and flipped over in Margaret Murray Street, Naxxar crushing the SPS 3Sixty bollard in the process. The driver was trapped inside the vehicle and although emergency services were on the scene very quickly the lorry was not righted for about an hour’ Adam goes on to say,

‘when the truck was lifted, to everyone’s amazement the bollard came back up’.

From the photos you can clearly see that the bollard has been through the wars but it is testament to the design and construction of the bollard that it survived such an impact and was still fit for purpose afterwards.

SPS 3Sixty is fully approved to the required crash test standard BS EN12767 and has proven itself in the UK in many locations and under extreme conditions but none as testing as this impact in Malta.

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SPS 3Sixty successfully tested to EN 12767:2007

SignPost Solutions Reflective Self Righting Bollard (RSRB) SPS 3Sixty has been tested to the requirements of EN 12767:2007. This test, taken in conjunction with the nominated speed class test MIRA-14-1204763-001-N0010 conducted at 50m/h resulted in an achieved performance class of NE (Non-energy absorbing) and an Occupant Safety Level of 4 rating 50/NE/4.

The bollard was also assessed against the requirements of BS8442:2006 and found to comply with the requirement details in 14.3.3 High Impact Resistance as summarised below;

1)      Requirement; ‘No portion of the RSRB shall become detached’.  Result; ‘No part detached’

2)      Requirement; ‘The RSRB shall return to ˃ 10% of its height within 15 minutes. Result; Rebounded to 100% in 1.08s

SPS Approved by Construction Line

SignPost Solutions have been accepted and approved for on the prestigious ‘Constructionline’ register of pre-qualified suppliers. ‘Constructionline’ is the UK’s largest and only Government owned pre-qualification scheme for the construction industry and has a select membership of over 22,000 contractors, consultants and suppliers. As a certified member, potential clients in both the public and private sector can feel confident that they are dealing with a company that is fit to supply having undergone thorough and rigorous checks to gain the necessary approvals. As leading suppliers of sign posts, sign fixings, bollards, passively safe signs and lighting columns SignPost solutions have always been at the forefront in terms of quality standards and were one of the first companies to gain CE certification in the industry. We are therefore extremely proud to have been approved by ‘Constructionline’ and look forward to delivering our high levels of service to new and current customers alike.

SignPost Solutions exhibit at Intertraffic Amsterdam

SignPost Solutions exhibited at Intertraffic  Amsterdam for the first time in March 2014. The exhibition was a huge success for both the SPS 3Sixty and Optimast products with a number of orders and partnerships generated from the show for both products.

SPS 3Sixty installed at Buckingham Palace

Designed with internal reinforcing struts within a robust body shell and a base constructed out of solid rubber co polymers, the SignPost Solutions 3Sixty reflective bollard was always expected to perform very well and whilst successful in house crash testing at prototype stage also pointed to a solid performer the key to any new product is when it has been out on site in the real world where the hazards of unforgiving traffic soon find out the strengths and weaknesses of the product.

We approached Westminster City Council’s Lighting Manager, Dave Franks and introduced the SignPost Solutions 3Sixty reflective bollard and were given the opportunity to trial the unit in a particularly difficult location outside Buckingham Palace. Mr Franks advised that since the change to the new reflective style of bollards the City had a few locations that would offer a significant challenge to any of these types of product. The SPS 3Sixty bollard was installed in the second week of December into Buckingham Palace Road junction with Palace Street and was fully expected to fail in a very short period of time; a fate that had befallen all other bollards at this particular site.

Some weeks after the Christmas break the site was inspected to determine how it had fared and whilst it showed some severe impact marks it was still standing and performing as required, much to the amazement of Mr Franks who confirmed that

“he was very impressed with how the product had performed and that it was still in good working order.”

By late January it was also established that the bollard has been the longest lasting at that particular site which is testimony to the sturdy innovative design and build quality.