A leading British designer and manufacturer of anti-terrorist bollards based in Coventry has won a contract for a major government project to protect key infrastructure in Norway from vehicle attacks.
Safetyflex Barriers has secured a deal for its innovative Truckstopper bollards to be installed at various locations to help secure the public and buildings from potential terrorist vehicle attacks.
The export win means it is now the main supplier of anti-terrorist bollards into Norway.
Its specialist technology and cutting-edge designs have resulted in major contracts in the UK and overseas including Europe, the US and Australia, with export now accounting for over a third of business.
Its range of anti-terrorist bollards and barriers are capable of stopping large vehicles from being used as deadly weapons in areas such as shopping centres, sports stadiums, government buildings, military, utilities and key infrastructure centres.
Marcus Gerrard, director of Safetyflex, said: “We are really pleased to win these key projects in Norway as part of our ongoing expansion into new international markets. We are securing major contracts around the world because we can offer something totally different.
“Most anti-terrorist bollards are very large and round, and can look overbearing and ruin the street scene whereas our Truckstopper bollard designs are slimline and oval, and more aesthetically-pleasing.
“They can be hidden within street furniture such as planters or bike racks around the public realm and often passers-by are unaware that they are a barrier to stopping a large vehicle at speeds of up to 80mph.
“A shallow foundation size of only 20cm also means that they can be set up without the need to re-diver utilities which makes them highly cost-effective.
“We have also now launched a new range of surface mount anti-terrorist barriers which require no foundations and only need to be placed on the ground, making them ideal for securing temporary events, markets and stadiums.”
Safetyflex Barriers has worked closely with the Department for International Trade in Norway based at the British Embassy, and with their security and defence team.
Marcus said: “We have been really grateful for the support from the Department for International Trade in Norway.
“Through their local knowledge and network, they helped with introducing our solutions to key government departments and Norway’s top security advisers and consultants.
“With the British Embassy’s support, it also introduced us to key partners to help distribute our products which has resulted in us becoming the main supplier of anti-terrorist bollards into Norway.”