Melba Swintex is the only manufacturer that currently offers a Traffic Cone range that is accredited to display the Kitemark™ by the British Standards Institution. Each Cone family has undergone, and continues to undergo, rough and rigorous testing to the technical specifications set out by the British Standards Institution. Below is the full range of Traffic Cones approved to fly the Kitemark™.
The Bigfoot Cone is long established as the industry leader for Road Cones. It was the first two piece cone to be manufactured, and is the benchmark for Traffic Cones all over the world. The cone base is manufactured from recycled material, and can be coloured on request.
One of the most practical two piece cones on the market. The Mastercone has been dominant on the roads for many years. Incorporating the Melba Swintex high performance prismatic Starlux™ sleeve, the Mastercone is highly visible to all motorists.
The Starlite cone is a two piece cone, with it’s centre manufactured from virgin HDPE, and base from recycled PVC. The cone is 100% recyclable and is fitted with the Melba Swintex high performance prismatic Starlux™ sleeve.
Melba Swintex wishes to notify that the MPL Cone, a cost-effective one-piece Traffic Cone is no longer accredited with the Kitemark certification from the British Standards Institution, as of April 2018, and will therefore not bear any markings on the physical product. This affects both the MPL 750 and MPL 500.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of those who were able to make it to the Intertraffic exhibition in Amsterdam this March. It was a pleasure to meet face to face with some old, as well as new friends who help support Melba Swintex.
It is your input from shows such as Intertraffic which Melba Swintex deem invaluable within the Traffic Management industry.
Marathon Des Sables
This April, Gregg (Managing Director of Melba Swintex) & Louis Dawson (his son) will be taking part in the Marathon Des Sables. Touted as the ‘Toughest Footrace on Earth’, they will face a 6 day run of 250km (156 miles) across the Sahara desert.
The reason for taking on one of the world’s most enduring races is to raise money for research into the cure for Motor Neurone Disease. A devastating condition that has been in their family for over 10 years to which at this stage has no cure.
Yet another year has flown by, and in what has felt like such a short space of time, Melba Swintex has pushed out innovative new products, increased ever demanding lead times, and pushed the boundaries in the plastic manufacturing world. Sometimes it’s worthwhile to step back and review the work of the past 6 months, so here it is.
After a long time in development, the Buddha was first put into production in September. Continuing to receive critical acclaim, the Buddha barrier is the first completely anti-trip Water Filled Separator, which provides up to a weight of 27 kg when filled.
With both the WonderWall™ and Buddha systems having the capability for a top-tier barrier system, it only made sense to design and produce a barrier to suit this. October saw the answer to this with the DoubleTop. A blow moulded, lightweight barrier that is compatible with both the WonderWall™ & Buddha, as well as other existing systems.
Ever increasing growth within the exports market identified the opportunity to release the highly robust Thor Barrier in July. Over engineered to produce great strength and stability, the Thor is hitting the roads globally, and is already well established within the Traffic Management world.
August saw the completion of the large extension to the right-hand side of the factory. This extension has deemed pivotal within the production of Melba Swintex products, providing the space for yet another brand-new Blow Moulding machine, and our 8th intrusion moulding machine.
Fence Base & Thor
Due to the ever-growing global success of the Thor Barrier, an abundance of requests and questions flowed in to see if the Fence Base MKII was compatible. This need from our customers was acted upon without hesitancy, and the Fence Base MKII is now compatible with the Thor Barrier.
Production in the factory runs 24 hours a day all year round and still we are ever expanding to keep up with demand for our high-in-quality products. December saw the completion of our 8th intrusion moulding machine, providing up to 16 more stations to increase our production rate.
A uniquely designed, completely anti-trip Water Filled Separator. – 800 mm in height – reflective on both sides – only 5 kg when empty – over 27 kg when filled to the indicated line – designed to make more working space for the contractor – easy stack, easy fill, easy empty
The Buddha Barrier is easily filled with water at the top, it can then easily be emptied by laying the barrier flat.
The Buddha Barrier is the only Water Filled Separator that can rotate over 270° whilst remaining connected to the other barrier.
The Buddha Barrier can be positioned face to face, creating a closed and secure area.
A maximum level line is indicated on the back of the barrier, and with an overfill hole for visual indication.
The Buddha Barrier has the capability to take a top metal fence panel. This adds an extra level of security.
Stacking The unique shape of the Buddha allows easy and safe stacking that results in less room being occupied during transport and storage when back at the contractor’s yard.
The above is just a quick insight to the many features & benefits that the Buddha has to offer. For the full low down, head to the Buddha web page to discover more, as well as a fully interactive 3D model providing detailed views and more.
God like strength combined with Lightning fast production.
The NEW Thor Barrier is a highly robust and protective Barrier that can be deployed to guide vehicles and pedestrians on to the correct path when required. Over engineered to produce great strength, you’d need the HULK to knock it over when used with the 28 kg Footplate.
So why call it the Thor Barrier?
THOR V THOR
Thor – Norse God and member of the Avengers is renowned for his incredible strength.
As strong as any Norse God. Reinforced with metal interior tubes and attached to two 28 kg feet, this has to be the strongest Barrier there is.
Thor is also renowned for summoning lightning bolts with the help of his mighty hammer, Mjolnir.
No need for a magic hammer, Melba Swintex has invested heavily in high-tech machinery so that we can offer LIGHTNING FAST production & lead times.
As mighty as Thor is, and he is mighty, he is even MIGHTIER when he works with his friends the Avengers.
Just like Thor, this barrier values his friends and it connects together using the high strength Thor Hook.
Thor brings the power of the storm.
When the storm hits, this barrier is not moving!
Find out more about the Thor Barrier by heading over to its very own Product Page where you can access all of the required information:
This new socialite on the scene has wowed the public with her style and grace, and now she comes with a few useful accessories such as the D-Hook.
Perfectly Matched for Her Handbag. Or His Tool Bag.
The Utility Barrier does not compare when it comes to strength, and with this strength comes great capabilities of customisation.
You Can Leave Your Hat on. Or Hang it.
The Utility Barrier is amazingly adaptable. It comes in 1m or 750mm wide with as many gates as you want, and at a height of 1m. With the ability for multiple D-Hooks, which can be used for extra ballast, hats, or to lie cables on whilst performing repairs.
Even Fashion Models Have to Eat Darling.
But where to put your lunch box full of open faced smoked salmon sandwiches and crudites? Our D-Hook keeps those delicacies away from the dirty floor.
Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise.
This fantastic, robust clip can be positioned almost anywhere on the Utility Barrier Back Face, providing a variety of options and possibilities.
Now For Something a Little European .
Dressed to impress in standard Red, this lovely colour is enhanced by the 250mm tall reflective material that sparkles in the headlights. This surely is something that will impress from Paris to Berlin.
In a Snazzy Yellow & Black Number.
The Utility Barrier can provide for every occasion, whether it be a slippery floor, a red carpet, or a problem with the lift in the lobby. The amazing attention to detail of the warning triangle means it can suit for all situations.
Find out more about the Utility Barrier by heading over to its very own Product Page where you can access all of the required information.
Here’s a run down of the end of year at Melba Swintex
With fantastic new products, stunning lead times and standard items constantly replenished and kept in stock, it’s no wonder we are so busy. We therefore should look back on the year so far to see where the time has gone.
In July we saw the release of the Tuff Anti Trip Foot the fourth in the series of our Barrier Feet. The Tuff Foot and the Tuff Anti-Trip Foot are compatible with the Olympic, Tuff, and Vision barriers from Melba Swintex.
During August, we announced the launch of the New Utility Barrier onto the Traffic Management market. The Utility Barrier comes in either a 750mm or a 1m version. This has been our most successful product launch to date, meaning investment in more tooling to keep up with demand within a month of launch. Colour coding and embossing flexibility gives us a huge edge on the competition.
Melba Swintex gets the Kitemark for its entire range of cones. This mark of quality is now branded on our products and means you can expect top quality every time. We are the only company in the UK with Kitemarked cones.
In October we sneakily hinted at a new bin in our Litterbin range. We are pleased to say it has now been launched, and the Darcy Litterbin is our first Keyless Bin in the range.
Melba Swintex were proud to announce in November that the new Utility Barrier that hit the market just under a few months ago, has been officially approved for use by Openreach, a BT Business Group.
Our Safety Utility Barrier nicknamed the Buzz Barrier has now hit the American market and has proved a huge success, and no doubt will be as popular on that side of the pond as it it is on this one.
During the past few months, Melba Swintex has had its Traffic Cone range put through tough and vigorous testing. These tests have been conducted by BSI, the national standards body of the United Kingdom, to the technical standards set out within their publications, these of which are recognised globally as the definition and guidelines of all Temporary Traffic Cones. Its now official we have the BSI Kitemark™ for our range of cones.
Stamp of Approval
The entire Traffic Cone range will now be stamped with the well-recognised Kitemark™ symbol. This stamp of approval that has been granted by an externally certified accreditor, is not offered by any other Traffic Cone manufacturer.
Don’t Compromise on Quality.
Ensure the Traffic Cones you use carry the symbol of Quality. Look for both the Melba Swintex name, and the BSI Kitemark™ to fully guarantee a top quality product.
Keep it Real – Make it Melba Swintex
Melba Swintex has always had pride in the quality of its products, and has become recognised as the royal brand of Temporary Traffic Management. Now with the approval of an externally certified body, you can trust that the Melba Swintex Cone range will always get the job done.
As the standards published by the BSI are publicly available, any company can state claims of compliance to a standard for their product. However, these claims are often not validated by an independent organisation.
The Kitemark™ on the Melba Swintex Cone range gives you the complete reassurance that it is regularly tested by BSI and meets the requirements of the standard.