UK anti-terror manufacturer Safetyflex secures first site in Africa

Posted on 15 Jun 2023 by The Manufacturer

A Midlands manufacturer of anti-terrorist bollards and barriers has ticked off another continent on its impressive export book after securing its first site in Africa.

Safetyflex Barriers, based in Coventry, has seen hundreds of its Truckstopper anti-terror bollards installed at government buildings in Casablanca, Morocco.

The prestigious contract means the firm’s unique designs have now been installed in six continents across the world in major cities.

The latest in Morocco follows a similar high-profile scheme in India, installing more than 300 Truckstopper bollards.

The Truckstopper anti-terror range utilises special military-grade steel to provide resolute hostile vehicle mitigation. Its unique patented design requires only a shallow foundation and comes in a variety of slim-line shroud options, whilst the anti-terrorist bollard can be fixed or removable.

Marcus Gerrard, Director at Safetyflex, said: “We’re the only company in the world to use this type of material for anti-terrorist bollards and barriers, and the Truckstopper has become one of our most popular ranges.

“We are incredibly proud of our strong export book which now represents almost half of our orders, so to break into a new market in Africa is testament to the strength and reputation of our products, and shows that we are a global leader in the anti-terrorist barrier market.

“This particular type of bollard is popular for public realm as it has a super slim appearance that no other company can offer, and only requires a simple shallow foundation resulting in less disruption to public footpaths and walkways, whilst the slim-line finish means it remains tough on terrorists without losing its aesthetic appeal.”

The family-owned and managed firm is rooted in Coventry but has excelled in the global market since forming out of GME Springs in 2010, becoming a market leader in anti-terrorist hostile vehicle mitigation and protecting high-profile sites from London to Sydney.

It has secured 36 patents worldwide and has won more than 15 awards for its innovation.

The company has recently announced plans to expand with new warehouse and office space in Coventry and has committed a further £1m into research and development in its 2023/24 budget, which will be focused on furthering its crash-rated street furniture range.

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