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SteelPhalt safer road surface product wins national award

24 August 2016

Rotherham road surface specialist SteelPhalt has won a major national award for one of its most important products.

SteelPhalt - part of the Harsco group of companies - has been developing and manufacturing high performance asphalt products for the UK road making industry since the 1960s.

And its SteelStop road covering was named Global Slag Product of the Year at the recent 2016 Global Slag Conference and Exhibition in London.

Designed in conjunction with the Ulster University and tested at trial sites across Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster, SteelStop high friction surfacing was developed to help put the brakes on traffic in busy or skid prone areas, providing extra grip for road users and safety benefits for pedestrians.

It provides exceptional skid resistance and proven road safety advantages for high risk areas.

In line with other SteelPhalt products, SteelStop utilises steel slag, which is a co-product of the steelmaking process.

The processed material possesses many advantages over natural aggregates when used in making asphalt surface course and has the added benefit of being a recycled product.

“We are delighted that SteelStop has been recognised by such an important industry body,” said SteelPhalt Commercial Manager Dean Raynor.

“All our road surface products are designed with two important factors always in mind, road safety and the environment, and this award makes it clear that the industry is taking notice of the excellent work being carried out in both these fields in South Yorkshire.”

The SteelPhalt plant in Sheffield Road, Rotherham, converts steel slag into a surface course for road making.

It achieves high skid resistance - enhancing road safety for both drivers and pedestrians - and maintains it throughout the whole life of the road, also avoiding the use of quarried materials and the landfill of residual slag product.

The exceptional strength and durability of steel slag extends the life of the road and lengthens road maintenance intervals for resurfacing.

The company’s products include SteelStop, SteelSurf, SteelPave and SteelFlow.

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SteelPhalt safer road surface product wins national award