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New Rapid Road Repair


Hitex International, a leading global provider of road

safety and surfacing solutions, has announced three new

rapid road repair products.



TexBand Solo

are new fill and over-

band products designed to seal and repair potholes,

cracks, seams and joints to prevent further road surface


As well as being quick and easy to install, they can

be trafficked in minutes to speed up the repair process,

minimise disruption and reduce traffic management


TexPatch provides a fast, permanent and economical

solution to repair defects over 15 mm deep and up to 1

m² such as potholes. Suitable for all asphaltic surfaces,

the thermoplastic material incorporates polymer mod-

ified bitumen compound and granite aggregate.

Polycarbonate sheets protect art


An exhibition at the Victoria &

Albert Museum in London

showcases extraordinary feats

of engineering that have had a

lasting influence on the global

community. The central ele-

ment of the 200 square-meter

Elytra Filament Pavilion in the

John Madejski Garden is a del-

icate structure of carbon and

glass fibers modeled on the

forewing cases of flying bee-

tles, called “elytra.”

Covestro supported this ar-

chitectural installation by sup-

plying the Makrolon UV solid

sheets. Covering an area of

over 500 square meters, the

eight millimetre-thick, trans-

parent sheets convey a sense

of lightness without distracting the observer from the

design of the individual elements.

They protect a delicate structure of carbon and glass

fibres, which mimic the forewing cases of flying


Durable and weather-resistant


Thanks to their versatility in processing, the Makrolon

UV sheets can be perfectly adapted to the individual

fiber composite cells. The high impact resistance and

good weather resistance of the UV-protected sheets

further ensure that neither hailstones nor sunlight can

damage the installation in London.

The pavilion was designed by architects Achim

Menges and Moritz Dörstelmann, civil engineer Jan

Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer, whose aim

was to explore the integration of biomimicry, robotics

and new materials in architecture. The pavilion was

created using a novel manufacturing technique involving

industrial robots that was developed at the University

of Stuttgart.

The interactive exhibition will be expanded continu-

ously over the course of the museum’s Engineering

Season, through November 6, in response to anonymous

data captured by sensors in the canopy on how visitors

move underneath it.


Contractors World International Vol 7 No 5