Interest in BBX, the revolutionary blast and ballistic masonry block system, is receiving international attention, most recently from Mexico.
Mexico is currently scheduling a programme of work across 19 airport locations, including refurbishment and new build, with security high on the agenda and integral to each.
As the UK’s only distributors of the BBX Tarmac Blocks, RWS was invited by the Department for International Trade (DIT) to join a delegation to Mexico earlier this month to present on the unique blast and ballistic singular-system.
“The feedback to BBX was amazing,” explained Stewart Liberatore, Projects Director. “We met with airport officials and representatives from various government departments and the reaction to BBX was overwhelmingly positive. They loved it.”
Introduced to a number of key contractors on the airport projects, Stewart and other members of the RWS team based in Cambridgeshire, are now in talks with their Mexican contacts.
“The three-day trip was full of presentations and panel sessions where we were really put through our paces. Quite rightly, our hosts wanted to dig deep to get a thorough understanding of the product. It was full on but it was also a great experience to be able to showcase this product to such a high-level audience who could really see the potential of it and appreciate the benefit this could bring for their airports programme,” added Stewart.
BBX is a blast and ballistic masonry block system which can be installed as the inner leaf of cavity wall or a solid external wall. It is the first dual system in the world that is capable of protecting people and critical assets from both blast and ballistic attack.
The product received a warm welcome at this year’s ISE in Olympia but interestingly enough, major interest came from overseas rather than here on homegrown soil.
“Nobody can deny the impact of Brexit and the election,” added Stewart. “The economy has come to a virtual standstill which is a worry in itself when we are talking about security issues.
“However, the international market can’t get enough of our security offering with BBX a firm favourite at ISE. We have opened up conversations with some key contacts in a number of countries which is really encouraging.”