Flying the Kitemark™

Melba Swintex is Flying the Kitemark™

During the past few months, Melba Swintex has had its Traffic Cone range put through tough and vigorous testing. These tests have been conducted by BSI, the national standards body of the United Kingdom, to the technical standards set out within their publications, these of which are recognised globally as the definition and guidelines of all Temporary Traffic Cones. Its now official we have the BSI Kitemark™ for our range of cones.

Kitemark™ on Melba Swintex Cones

Flying the Kitemark™

Melba Swintex Traffic Cones

As the standards published by the BSI are publicly available, any company can state claims of compliance to a standard for their product. However, these claims are often not validated by an independent organisation.

The Kitemark™ on the Melba Swintex Cone range gives you the complete reassurance that it is regularly tested by BSI and meets the requirements of the standard.

Read more about the Kitemark to fully understand its true significance.

With new amazing lead times & best sellers (Road Cones and Traffic Barriers) all in stock, it looks like we are steps ahead of the competition. But as we at Melba Swintex look forward to our best ever year, first lets have a recap of 2015:


January was the month we launched the Tuff Trench and it has really taken off, both here in the UK and overseas.

 Tuff Trench


It’s taken a while but after the success of our Blow Moulded Traffic Barriers, it made sense to delve into the Crowd Control market. Thus the launch of the Boss Barrier. Although slow to start, it is now taking us into markets we have never been in before.

 Boss Barrier


We introduced a new price list which saw a removal of screen charges on signs.

 Screen Charges


Melba Swintex exhibited at Traffex and gained huge interest in our new range of products



Yet another new product: this time we launched the Kerb Buddy, our new Blow Moulded Wheelchair Ramp.

 Kerb Buddy


This time it’s the Flexi 500 Cone, the MPL 50 but in super flexible material. Squash it, squeeze it, squish it, it still pops back into its original shape.

 Flexi 500


In July we launched the Tuff Barrier – a new type of traffic barrier. Incorporating the Q-Clip, the barriers connect together in a linear row, When combined with the Cross-Trench support, the barriers become highly wind resistant. Compatible with the Master Barrier.

 Tuff Barrier


In August we introduced our All Yellow Ramp. The original 5cm Melba Ramp, but with the same super flexible material used for the Flexi 500. It’s yellow all the way through.

 Flexi Ramp


As the leaves started turning brown we introduced the Flexi Cylinder. Available in 460, 750 and 1000mm, a one piece Cylinder capable of returning upright after impact. Knock it, kneecap it, knobble it, it bounces back upright.

 Flexi Cylinder


The Road Rock! One of the most versatile products we have ever launched. Weigh down your barriers, put cylinders in them, make a wall out of them, the Swiss Army Knife of Traffic Management.

 Road Rock


The final product launch of the year was the Ariane Twist-lock. Bigger than our standard Cylinder, it twists into our standard Cats-Eye base.

 Ariane Twist-Lock


Thanks to all our customers for making December the busiest one we have ever had.

Although we produce a wide range of products they can be broken down into road cones, barriers, signs, litter bins. But we don’t just do road cones we also do custom mouldings.

Road cones are usually intrusion moulded or compression moulded. If it is a two piece road cone the top is blow moulded and assembled with the base.

Traffic Barriers are blow moulded but the feet are intrusion moulded and connectors are injection moulded.

Signs are intrusion moulded in pieces and contructed at the machine very efficiently.

Litter Bins are rotation moulded. Whilst its an old technology its very good for changing colours in production,

Custom moulded products can be made in any of the ways below. We can advise on which method would be best for you but take a quick look now at the different moulding techniques we can offer you.

blow moulding road cones

Blow Moulding – Pre-mixed material is automatically fed into the machine hopper, this material is heated until melting point, and then extruded vertically via gravity. Two machined profile mould then encase the material, whilst compressed air is used to inflate the parison against the moulds. The plastic is cooled within the mould, and then removed after the cycle is complete.

Melba Swintex currently own six of the most modernised blow moulding machines of diverse size in the UK. It also owns the largest machine currently in the UK.

Compression Moulding – Pre-Mixed Material is removed from the extruder after being melted, and then placed into one half of the mould. The top part of the mould is then pressured down and compresses the material into the moulding. A short period is allowed for cooling, and then the product is removed and left to further cool down.

Intrusion Moulding – Pre-mixed material is automatically fed into the machine hopper, this material is heated until melting point, and then extruded into the mould. The mould can either be water or air cooled. Once the product has solidified enough, It is removed from the mould either by hand or with ejection.

Rotational Moulding – Recyclable granulated polyethylene is placed inside the mould. A flame is held underneath to melt the plastic. The mould is then rotated continuously over a period of time. Centrifugal force causes the melted plastic to be pushed to the walls of the mould. The flame is removed whilst the rotation continues, after the cooling process the product can be removed.

Hopefully from this you can see how our road cones, barriers, signs, litter bins and custom mouldings are made.

Our Starlite roadcone was brought out as a lighter, more economical road cone than its heavier counterparts the Mastercone and Bigfoot roadcones. As a road cone manufacturer this gave our customers a great choice of light, medium and heavy roadcones suitable for all types of roads and weather conditions. Sales of the Starlite have steadily grown over the years but showed a 33% increase in 2014 compared to 2012. This year shows similar sales and with no down turn in the  sales of Bigfoot and Mastercone the Starlite seems to have created a market all of its own.

#roadcone #cult following

The Starlite cone is a two piece cone, with it’s centre manufactured from virgin HDPE, and base from recycled PVC. The cone is 100% recyclable and is fitted with the Melba Swintex high performance prismatic Starlux® sleeve.

Blow moulded top with easy grip access.
100% thermoplastic recyclable base with anti-slip feature.
Fitted with high performance Starlux® pocketed prismatic sleeve, offering superb daylight luminance and night time reflectivity.
Bases & centres can also be embossed and coloured.
The Melba Swintex sleeves fitted on to the roadcones are the best in the business and are often specified in worldwide contracts and tenders. Melba Swintex exports worldwide and the cones in particular are very popular in the European Market but they dont stop there. They export to Australia, Canada, America, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and to many many other countries.

Love your customers with amazing lead times!

If you want your customers to go from Mr Sad to Mr Happy come take a look at why Melba Swintex is the right choice for you.



Melba Swintex has invested heavily in new machinery meaning that lead times have dramatically reduced on standard products, reducing from 6-8 weeks in the busiest periods of last year, to 1-2 weeks. 


With a never ending supply of new products, combined with better and more efficient machinery, Melba Swintex should be your number one choice for traffic management products.

Melba Swintex specialise in the manufacturing of Temporary Traffic Management Systems within the plastics industry. We have a wealth of experience in design and manufacture, and work alongside our customers to provide customised products for industry.


#roadcone #traffex #roadsign #trafficbarrier


March was our best month to date, partly because of a 400% increase in Sales of our Olympic Barrier, our top of the range traffic barrier!We’re hoping to progress even more throughout the year and keep smashing our sales figures.

Olympic Barrier

The Olympic Barrier offers the complete versatile system for utility and construction applications with hinged side wings designed to rotate and self lock at every 90°. This unique feature allows contractors to create configurations to protect temporary pathway excavations and road works of all kinds.

Traffex 2015

We’re at Traffex next week, come visit us at stand F12 and see our new product range, including the new Wheelchair Ramp and our Crowd Control Barrier, well named The Boss Barrier. As well as the old favourites; the Q-Sign, our most popular temporary road sign, and our amazing range of Traffic Road Cones.