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Aug302012

Stirling SABS Compliant Fully Reflective Chevrons

Stirling Fully Reflective ChevronStirling SABS Compliant Fully Reflective Chevron

The extensive range of automotive components from Stirling Accessories includes fully reflective chevrons that comply with stringent SABS specifications and provincial road ordinance regulations.

“The company - which is committed to the optimum safety of drivers of all types of vehicles in Southern Africa - adheres to optimum quality and safety standards in the design and manufacture of every OEM and replacement component,” says Keith Russon, CEO, Stirling Accessories. “The Stirling Accessories range encompasses high quality rear view mirrors and mirror arms, lamps and beacons, as well as electrical and general components. The company also manufactures reflectors and warning triangles, as well as roof carriers and fishing rod racks.”

“Critical in this portfolio are robust, non-corrosive chevrons which are designed for clear visibility in all conditions. Chevrons from Stirling Accessories are known to have a longer service life than the other brands on the market. The reflective surface on a Stirling Accessories chevron has a sealed coating which prevents chipping or flaking along the edges. This coating also inhibits the red and yellow reflective tape from fading after extensive cleaning. It has been noticed that on other brands, the reflective ink tends to fade dramatically when solvents are used as a cleaning agent, for example in car wash environments.”

“What most users don’t realise about a chevron is that every angle has to be absolutely precise, according to exact specifications. The company takes pride in the fact that every Stirling component that requires legal specifications, complies with local SABS certification and is also E-compliant to meet European standards.”

These chevrons are available in honeycomb, in widths of 200mm and lengths of 1200mm, 1700mm and 1800mm.

Reflective materials used in the manufacturing of a Stirling Accessories chevron are approved by the SABS prior to application and conversion as a chevron board. Upon application, the chevron is sent for another SABS test, which in effect, means that the reflective surface is tested twice before approval.

These chevrons, which are manufactured locally from Chromadek steel, adhere to SABS 1329 specifications. This range is subjected to stringent testing at the SABS Lighting Technologies Laboratory. This analysis involves sample testing of the yellow and red Reflexite sheeting, as well as the white Chromadek backing. Photometric testing of yellow and red reflective sheeting is conducted before and after weathering.

Tests also involve examination of the rigidity of the signs, the co-efficient of retro-reflection before and after weathering and compliance to the luminance factor before and after weathering.

SABS tests also entail inspection of resistance to impact and scratching of the reflective surface and the Chromadek backing.

The Stirling Accessories manufacturing plant, with the latest equipment, technology and tooling technicians, has the capability to design and manufacture chevrons to a customer’s exact specifications.

The company produces chevrons for vehicles that operate in diverse industries, including transport and freight, general services and defence, as well as and commercial vehicles. Stirling Accessories is also the accredited chevron supplier to three major motor assembly plants in South Africa - Volvo, Toyota and Daimler Chrysler.

The company celebrates over 60 years of business this year.

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