Glass beads and road marking materials together form a retro-reflective system. Retro reflection is the phenomenon of light rays shinning back when a car’s headlight beam shines on a striping integrated with glass beads, making much better visibility at night. Reflective glass beads are among the most economical means to create safer driving conditions. Only road markings that contain glass beads are night-visible. No beads – no visibility at night. Our Technology providers also offer numerous bead products that comply with national and international standards and mostly bear the CE mark. The smallest beads we offer are not bigger than a few thousandth parts of a millimeter. The biggest ones are approx. 1.5 to 2 mm in diameter Reflective glass beads are among the most economical means to create safer driving conditions. Only road markings that contain glass beads are night-visible. No beads – no visibility at night. When a car’s headline beam shines on a striping which integrates glass beads, the striping seems to light up and gets much better visible at night. This effect is called retro-reflection.
Standard Glass Bead Products
Throughout the world, roads are much safer today due to the use of small, spherically shaped glass beads which are added to the freshly striped highway lines as they are applied. Only with glass beads the markings become visible at night. This phenomenon is called retro-reflection. One of our partners, SWARCO, has been manufacturing highly retro-reflective glass beads for almost 40 years now. ISO 9001:2008-certified production processes and pure raw materials ensure that SWARCO glass microspheres are very consistent with regard to their chemical and physical properties.
Liquid & Plural Component Paints
Roads with proper road markings can be travelled more comfortably, in particular at night. We notice the big difference once we drive on a road with poor or no road markings at all. We can hardly see the edges of the road, orientation becomes difficult and driving requires much more attention. Therefore, proper retro-reflective road markings are an important aspect of road safety. The marking as such is a system consisting of a road marking material and glass beads. There are numerous materials out of which road markings can be made. NAS International Holdings Ltd offers the full range of liquid and plural component paints and plastic materials.