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January 8, 2010

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Well done- Road safety product wins royal acclaim

The GripTop range, produced by iron technology firm Saint-Gobain PAM UK, won the Motorcycle Award category at the 2009 Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards.Over a number of years metal manhole covers become smooth through wear and tear, which presents a significant skidding hazard to motorists. The GripTop features an aggregate surface bonded to the iron, which is said to offer an average skid resistance value of 65 to 70, matching the skid resistance required for high risk road sites. It is available in several colours of aggregates to match surrounding road surfaces.Saint-Gobain PAM UK head of marketing, access covers and gratings, Daniel Débois, collected the award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent. Debbis was delighted to receive the award, he said: “This product was many years in development and testing but it has been extremely well received by local authorities, utilities and road users alike. This award is recognition of the contribution GripTop™ can make to road safety.”Prince Michael added: “All too often the blame for accidents is put on motorcycle riders – here we see a really clever road engineering invention which will make a real difference to riders’ stability.”

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