A SIGN company is rolling out a new product in the classroom.
Horizon Signs, based at Milnsbridge, has used its expertise to develop and manufacture an innovative new design of roller board.
Now it has won a large contract to supply 280 units to schools across the UK.
The government’s Building Schools for the Future programme has seen many schools being modernised, expanded or even re-built to incorporate the latest technology and materials for the fixtures and fittings.
However, the roller boards found in the majority of classrooms are still the out-of-date, less durable models manufactured from chipboard or similar material.
Horizon was approached to design and build a new style of roller boards which would bring the product into the 21st century.
Using its knowledge and skills in sign manufacturing and fabrication, Horizon has built an aluminium version which is lightweight, simple to fit and can be provided in a range of sizes.
The Horizon roller board can also be retro-fitted by removing the existing roller material and roll bars from the old wooden models and inserted them into the modern aluminium version – providing a cost saving for the school.
Horizon has invested in its own powder coating works.
That means it can also powder coat the units to the specific colour requirements of the school, rather than wood being the only option.
Company director Ross Ball said: “We are excited that we have been able to come up with a solution that is in keeping with all the latest technologies and materials used in modernising schools, but one which also provides a long term cost saving – essential in a time when budgets are being reduced.”