DMITRY LIGANOV with Zavod Prodmash's new barrier
Russia’s OAO Zavod Prodmash is seeking to find a new producer for its new APM 110 P crash cushion, as the system goes through European testing and acceptance procedures.
The crash cushion, which, as its designation suggests, can handle impacts of upto 110kp/h, has been evaluated by Transpolis of Lyon, France and successfully passed seven different tests, said sales and operations manager Dmitry Liganov. The certification process for the barrier is now under way he added and he hoped this would be finalised by the end of August this year.
Company personnel are now preparing for testing the other members of the crash cushion family, which cater for impacts of up to 80kp/h and 100kp/h.
Liganov lists a combination of virtues for the company’s product, including low initial cost and cost of maintenance, simplicity of installation and ease of restoration following an impact.
Previously, the system was only available in Russia, but the company is keen to find not only European customers but a European partner who can handle some of the production of the crash cushion. It hopes to have negotiations on this during Intertraffic.
OAO Zavod Prodmash aims to start its Western European marketing efforts for the new product in France, where it has business partners, before moving on to other countries.