Press release
July 21, 2010

Evonik supporting EU-Twinning Project initiative

The second most common cause of deaths in Egypt is road accidents. Besides terrible losses for family members, the costs related to traffic accidents accounts for as much as 3% of the country´s GDP’s. Therefore, the EU launched a Twinning Project in Road Safety aiming to enhance road safety through the reform of road safety planning and operations. Evonik as a leading player in the road marking business had the pleasure to receive a delegation of road authorities from Egypt.

Within the scope of the Twinning project, Egyptian key road authorities have the chance to visit EU-partner countries – for example key infrastructure sites in Germany and road infrastructure material suppliers– for experience/technology exchange. “As a leading player in the road marking business we recognise our social responsibility and we support projects that target accident reduction not only through superior performing products but also through our expertise and experience” said Marisa Cruz, Marketing Manager of the road marking segment of Evonik.

DEGAROUTE® cold plastic road marking system was presented to the delegation during their visit to Hanau and participants were able to understand the differences between the various road marking systems available. In the applications technology laboratory of Evonik Röhm in Hanau the visitors saw how a structure marking based on DEGAROUTE® cold plastic can be applied. “The visitors were impressed how easy and quick it is to apply a structure marking based on DEGAROUTE®”, added Mr. O.Schmidt, Technical Service Manager.

“Drivers in Egypt tend to disrespect pedestrians”, explained Mr. Hans-Joachim Vollpracht, Residential Technical Advisor and representative of the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs in Egypt: “The use of ramps with strong colours – like area markings based on DEGAROUTE® cold plastic – can enhance the awareness as well as contribute to velocity decrease of the drivers.”

A special challenge for road markings is the desert condition where a lot of dust is increasing dirt pick-up, thereby decreasing visibility and there is very little rain is to clean the markings. “We are looking for materials that can easily be cleaned by machineries” added Mr. Vollpracht.

The highlight of the presentation was the type II safety - structure marking. Mr. Rudolf Keppler who used to work for BASt (Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen) and now supports Twinning projects as a consultant, added that the superior retroreflection of the DEGAROUTE® based structure marking at night can allow for savings for the road authorities in Egypt. 

“DEGAROUTE® based structure markings consume less material than traditional markings.– Most importantly the 3-D structure provides excellent retroreflection from the headlight to the driver. No lighting columns are needed resulting in savings in energy and material. In addition, lighting columns need protection by safety barriers, otherwise they are dangerous obstacles. ”

The two years Twinning Project counts with 1.600.000 € financial support of the European Investment Bank and FEMIP (Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership).