Corus grants approved fabricator status

Henry Williams is celebrating after winning a place on an elite list of approved fabricators for Corus Tubes and is helping to maintain the safety of the nation’s motorists.

The steel giant, based at Corby, Northants, gave the accolade to Henry Williams Ltd after the Darlington company won the approval of Highways Agency Sector Scheme 5A for the manufacture of parapets for road restraint systems and showed a CV which demonstrated exceptional skills.

Pictured is HW Sales Engineer, Jon Heslop, receiving the formal approval from Jeff Handley, National Sales manager of Highways Products, Corus Tubes.

Jon Heslop said: “We already had certain procedures in place with our BS EN ISO 9001:2000 quality management systems but to gain the Highways Agency approval we had to make some minor modifications to our existing procedures.

“With gaining the Corus approval we are able to produce parapet systems that are approved to the new European standards which is BSEN 1317.

“The new European Standard testing requirements are based on modern vehicles and the parapets are designed to absorb an impact and deflect errant vehicles from crashing over the side of road bridges or other protected areas.”

It means that Henry Williams can now draw on the 40 years of experience by Corus Tubes in steel hollow section vehicle restraint systems and in developing its new Protect 365™ highway bridge parapet systems.

These employ hot finished rectangular hollow sections and have been tested and approved in accordance with the latest versions of BS EN 1317.

“It means that we can now make these systems to Corus designs,” added Mr Heslop.

Henry Williams is to show off its new products at Road Expo, being held in the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, on October 25 and 26, along with its existing roadside products, such as SOS telephone cabinets.

Mr Heslop added: “Scotland and the North of England are going to be two of our main target areas because of our geographical position.”