Reflective glass beads are among the most economical means to create safer driving conditions. Only road markings that contain glass beads are night-visible. No beads - no visibility at night. When a car's headlight beam shines on a pavement marking that is integrated with glass beads, the striping seems to light up and become much easier to see at night. This effect is called retroreflection.
Glass beads and road marking materials together form a retroreflective system. Glass beads are the result of a recycling process. Flat glass cullet (waste glass from window manufacturers) is crushed and transformed in furnaces into spherically shaped reflectors that become a road safety product.
SWARCO beads are produced to meet customer requirements and municipality specifications. Our customers can choose from a large variety of sievings that will enhance the reflectivity of their road marking materials.