Saint-Gobain PAM UK secures contract with Jersey Telecom to trial GripTop™ access covers

Jersey's largest provider of mobile and broadband services, Jersey Telecom, has awarded a £100,000 contract to iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading international materials company, Saint-Gobain, for the supply of Opt-Emax GripTop™ ductile iron access covers to be trialled on carriageways.

A key factor in the decision to choose Opt-Emax GripTop™ was the product’s ability to withstand the potential premature wear due to Jersey’s unique infrastructure which installs most access covers at the edge of the carriageway resulting in every vehicle hitting the covers. Launched by Saint-Gobain PAM UK in 2008, the GripTop™ range of durable access covers addresses this issue through its innovative design which features an aggregate surface which is not prone to wear away over time and become smooth and slippery. This reduces the risk of skidding in wet conditions, particularly among road users on two wheels, and meets the requirements of the recently updated Highways Agency reference document HA 104/09.

Among other contributing factors to Jersey Telecom’s choice of cover is the product’s convenient one-man operation and its demonstrable contribution to whole life cost reduction.

Paul Thompson, Marketing Manager – Municipal Castings at Saint-Gobain PAM UK, comments: “This latest contract reinforces the collaborative working relationship between Saint-Gobain PAM UK and Jersey Telecom over the years. The covers are currently being trialled until early 2012 and, to date, feedback on the wear rate from Jersey Telecom is encouraging.”


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