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Fayat rewarded at the 2012 Innovation Awards

The judging panel awarded a silver medal to Secmair for its Swift pothole repair machine, whilst the Fayat Group’s Road-Building Division was nominated in each of the four product categories in which it was competing.

Following the press presentation held during the Pre-Intermat 2012 event at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris on 12 and 13 January2012, apanel of international experts examined the applications from all 80 competitors.

The four products presented by Fayat were nominated. The panel reserved special praise for the Secmair  team and its Swift road maintenance machine.

Secmair rewarded for its Swift machine

There were two major reasons behind the development of this product:

  • 1.    The ever-increasing number of potholes in poor countries, which are becoming a real safety problem. There are two reasons for this increase: firstly, a series of severe winters and secondly, the decentralised management of maintenance credits and the ensuing financial problems.
  • 2.    There are now few applicants willing to perform the physically demanding tasks historically associated with public works activities, in which there is a high level of occupational illnesses, such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSD): it was high time to enhance the status of manual work by offering well-designed and comfortable equipment.

The Swift is a fast (hence its name) and safe repair machine that performs long-lasting work economically in an ergonomic environment.

Please note: the first two examples have been shipped to Kurdistan. An approval programme in the framework of road-industry innovation is currently being implemented in France.

The other three products presented by the Road-Building Division, which were nominated are:

  • The BM 600 by Bomag: an ergonomic urban planer
  • The Compact by Ermont, a versatile continuous asphalt plant
  • The Tiltex pivoting clamp by PTC, which facilitates the safe handling of sheet piling and improves the productivity of vibrodriving.

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