British company Hitex International Group is collaborating with India’s Trans Metalite to offer road maintenance, safety and marking solutions for the Indian market.

The two companies have set-up a manufacturing plant at Bawal in Haryana to address the challenges of road repair and maintenance in India, with a view to developing solutions to tackle these challenges.

This includes arresting cracks and potholes, developing anti-skid treatments, and extra-bright and longer-lasting retro-reflective road markings.

Anthony Cooper, first secretary, trade and investment for India in the British High Commission, said: “This partnership between the British company and Indian company celebrates the spirit of GREAT for Collaboration and Make in India, an exciting new campaign that inspires new partnerships and highlights the scale of the UK’s commitment to India.

“We are glad that the UK can use its expertise to provide solutions for road maintenance in India.”

Finn Goff, Group Commercial Director of Hitex International Group, said: “Hitex International Group are very proud to be launching our newest joint venture, Metalite Hitex Group.

“It was October 2013 when I first visited India and in the preceding two years we have gained invaluable knowledge regarding the unique and often complex difficulties facing the Indian infrastructure network,” Goff said in Delhi.

“Very early it became apparent that the greatest chance of success lay in developing an Indian solution to an Indian problem. To that end we sought a partner here in India that could enable this to happen and were very lucky to begin working with Trans Metalite India.

“Our combined vision is to deliver high quality solutions and innovative road surfacing systems to the Indian highways construction and maintenance industries,” he said.

Vikas Jalan, managing director, Trans Metalite India Limited, said: “In line with the vision of our founder Vishwambhar Jalan, Metalite took a decision about a couple of decades back to introduce new technologies into the country, which would help mankind, and through sustainable development contribute to reducing the carbon footprint as well.

“At the time when there was massive construction initiated in the roads and highway sector, we decided to get new processes, equipments and materials to enhance the effective life of the road surface with minimal intervention, thus reducing the lifecycle cost substantially.

“Eventually, after having mega success in Delhi and Jaipur, with preventive maintenance of roads, we met Hitex. We are glad to partner with Hitex International, we see the synergy between our companies with the complementary services we could jointly offer the roads sector,” he said.