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Taking the environment seriously

High Intensity Prismatic (HIP) reflective sheeting is whiter, more robust and uses manufacturing processes with clear environmental advantages compared to beaded sheeting.
Taking the environment seriously

When compared directly with sheeting that uses enclosed or encapsulated glass beads, High Intensity Prismatic reflective sheeting has the following advantages:

  • Improved legibility, due to better colour contrast
  • Enhanced brightness by day and by night
  • Better visibility in all weather conditions
  • Greater return on investment, due to 12 year durability.

The Environment

As a world leader in a wide range of markets, 3M recognises that it has a responsibility to lead the way in the efficient use of resources and minimisation of waste. That’s why the company has set itself tough targets to reduce waste, reduce the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC), and reduce energy consumption across the whole life-cycle of its products by 2010.

Compared to the manufacturing processes used to produce glass-bead Class Ref 2 reflective sheeting, the manufacturing process for 3M High Intensity Prismatic (HIP) Sheeting;

  • Reduces VOC (volatile organic compound) air emissions by 97%
  • Reduces energy consumption by 77%
  • Reduces solid waste by 46%.

The 12 year warranted performance life of HIP reflective sheeting also means much more favourable life cycle costs.

It is not just within the Traffic Safety Systems business where improvements are being made, 3M has a long history in the area of environmental responsibility and is recognised as a sustainability leader.

Specifying HIP
The recently published BS EN 12899-1:2007 states that it “is a standard which sets down performance values (classes) rather than a method of manufacture.  The performance of retroreflective materials using microprismatic technology can be found in the relevant European Technical Approval (ETA)”.

HIP may be specified using class R2 (ETA 08/0101).  Class R2 has the same reflectivity requirements as Class Ref 2 (terminology recently changed in BS EN 12899-1:2007 to Class RA2).

HIP Reflective Sheeting - Product Literature pdf, 225kB
HIP Product Bulletin pdf, 69.0kB
HIP declaration of conformity to 12899-1 2007 pdf, 56.0kB

HIP vs HI beaded (Day)
HIP vs HI beaded (Day)

HIP vs HIP beaded (Night)
HIP vs HI beaded(Night)