A manufacturer of anti-terrorism bollards and barriers has had new patents granted in Australia and America.
Coventry-based Safetyflex Barriers – which recently featured in BusinessLive’s West Midlands Ones to Watch 2022 list – has been awarded new patents for its surface-mounted crash planter, which was granted a UK patent last February.
The firm’s surface-mounted barriers do not require any foundations or ground fixings so can provide instant protection on a permanent or temporary basis, and are supplied with a bespoke cladding that means they can also be used as functional street furniture and attractive planters.
They are crash-tested to industry standards and can withstand impact at speeds of up to 50mph to stop vehicle threats in public places.
Marcus Gerrard, director at Safetyflex, said: “After a year in research and development, we are thrilled with the latest patents for our innovative surface-mounted crash planter.
“We truly believe this is real game changer because of the flexibility and functionality they offer as planters or seating benches, while still providing industry-leading security protection.
“The great advantage with these is that they can be permanent or temporary solutions as they take a matter of hours to install, meaning they can be easily relocated to suit changing needs.
“This is a great benefit for towns and city centres as we have seen during the Covid-19 pandemic, providing our customers with the ability to react quickly to changing threats or needs.
“This new surface-mounted anti-terrorist barrier is ideal for securing markets, public realm project and stadiums, where there is a requirement to protect the public from potential vehicle attacks.”
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The latest patents follow a successful 12 months for Safetyflex which has developed a strong export book after striking deals in Sweden, Germany and Australia.
The firm, based in Foleshill, now has 35 patents worldwide and is quickly becoming a world-leader in anti-terrorism bollards and barriers.