Road Steel Guardrails-Benefits

Traffic safety argument. In the event of a vehicle impact, rigid concrete guardrail does not absorb shock, and all the energy is transmitted through it to the vehicle and its occupants.
Consequence: the number of casualties in the event of an accident will rise significantly. There are numerous European studies conducted for interested institutions, all public, unequivocally demonstrating this aspect.

Economic argument. Rigid concrete guardrail is 3 (three) to 5 (five) times more expensive than elastic steel guardrail of the same class of impact. This requires a greater financial effort or more and more roads will be built without safety railings due to budgetary restrictions.
Consequence: as the use of concrete guardrails is increasingly generalized as a means of ensuring road safety, it is predictable that the economic argument be another reason for the number of victims involved in accidents that involve the exit of the vehicle from cariageway to grow significantly.

Alignment to European standards argument. Such a decision has not been taken anywhere in Europe even though certain attempts existed in some countries (Germany, Austria, France etc.) due to a very strong lobby practiced by major cement producers. A well reasoned technical background has proven that there are no sufficient grounds to justify replacing the steel guard rails with concrete railing.
Consequence: traffic safety remained a priority as a result of keeping the elastic steel guardrails as a means of ensuring road safety.

Lifetime argument. Electrochemical corrosion of concrete railing is greater than the similar corrosion of galvanized steel guardrails. This is why the lifetime of the concrete railing is smaller than the lifetime of galvanized steel guardrails. There are numerous technical studies (public) on this topic carried out upon the request of  institutions concerned.
Consequence: as the use of concrete guardrails is increasingly generalized as a means of ensuring road safety, the increase of maintenance costs is predictable.

Strategic endowment argument. Creating a stock of steel, easily accessible in case of crisis (steel crisis) represents a provision element which is part of a natural strategic policy. It is a path systematically followed by all developed countries. The most cogent example is Japan which stored large quantities of steel in road infrastructure. As an alternative to the steel strategic reserve, introducing concrete railing would maximum ensure an unnecessary sand stock.
Consequence: the widespread of using concrete railing as a means of ensuring road safety can be assimilated to an attack to the national security.

Legal argument. A company, be it public, which has a dominant position on a market, cannot adopt any behavior to reject a commercially advantageous offer. However, should this behavior lead to the removal of an economic operator from the geographic or product market, the objective reasons should aim to improve long term competitiveness or respond to a general requirement. This is stipulated by Article 102 letter c of the Treaty on European Union, which prohibits the abuse of a dominant position within the company market.
Consequence: by the measure adopted, the National Company (CNADNR - National Company of Motorways and National Roads) abuses its dominant position. This measure seriously distorts the market by eliminating a product and removing economic operators, without this measure being justified by a general requirement or by improving long-term competition on the product market.

Harming environmental image argument. By the nature of the materials used, concrete guardrails require large-sized, unsightly weights. In this way the road layout will change significantly.
Consequence: the widespread of using concrete railing as part of ensuring road safety will alter the environmental aesthetic.

Stress argument. The rigid, concrete railing as safeguard mounted on roadsides in significant continuous segments produces intense stress to traffic participants due to the “tunnel” effect.
Consequence: under the widespread of using concrete railing as part of ensuring road safety, it is predictable that the number of accidents will increase significantly.

The metal guardrail is destroyed during potential impact to save the lives of vehicle occupants involved in an accident. If the guardrail is not deformed and destroyed on impact, people inside the vehicle involved in the accident will be certain casualties!

The features of a rigid concrete railing can be obtained anytime and always by manufacturing a deformable steel guard rail, but not the vice versa.

Road Steel Guardrails


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Located in Bistrita, a town of profoundly Saxon tradition, BETAK Company aligns with the tradition of Transylvanian manufacturers, famous in Europe thanks to the top quality products compliant with the most demanding standards in the field.From the legal point of view, BETAK S.A. [joint-stock company] was founded in 1992. Its activity was started in 1995 by commissioning a small manual electrogalvanization plant in a rented facility, with only one employee.Currently, BETAK S.A. is a market leader in the production of galvanized steel strips, one of the leading manufacturers of safety guard rails in Romania, manufacturer of various steel structures and supplier of corrosion protection services by hot dip galvanizing and electrogalvanization.

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