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SBD member company granted US Patent for Hostile Vehicle Mitigation bollard

Yorkshire security manufacturer and Secured by Design (SBD) member company Heald Ltd has been granted a US Patent for its rising bollard, known as the Evo.

The US patent for the Evo is the latest patent granted for the innovative Hornsea-based firm which was in 2018 named in the Sunday Times Maserati Top 100 as one of the greatest British innovators. 

With installs across the globe, the Evo is unique. Compared to other rising bollards on the market, there is no central cylinder within the bollard contributing to its strength and durability, which has been evidenced through crash testing the product to international standard, IWA. During the crash test, it halted a 7.2-tonne truck travelling at 64 kph (40 mph) and continued to function following the impact.

The US patent follows Heald previously securing GB and International Patents on the product in line with their business strategy of designing and manufacturing innovative hostile vehicle mitigation products to support their growth ambitions. Heald’s patents have led to their products being specified into several international projects. They have also listed in the Metis Partners IP100 listing for the past four years, ranking within the Top 10 across all categories.

The Evo, which also has GB and International Patents, can be operated by a variety of methods including manual, battery drill, electro-mechanical or hydraulically providing the customer with an install method to meet their needs. Requiring an install depth of 1100mm it provides an effective and efficient perimeter security solution.

Evo Bollard

Commenting on the patent grant, Managing Director Debbie Heald MBE said: “We are extremely proud of Heald’s track record in bringing innovative products to the market. Being granted a patent for the Evo in the US further adds to the credibility of our products in protecting high profile locations and pedestrians for the risk of hostile vehicle attacks. Following the success of our Matador and Raptor products in the US, we look forward to expanding our footprint in the region with installs of the Evo”.

Heald started in 1987 as an agricultural engineering business before launching its first line of security barriers. Today, Heald manufactures and installs a range of innovative hostile vehicle mitigation systems and traffic control solutions and its award-winning roadblockers, barriers and bollards play a leading role in the defence of vulnerable properties worldwide.

Clients include military sites, presidential buildings, palaces, embassies, border controls, airports, oil refineries, stadia, banks, shopping malls and government buildings.

Heald is one of the largest manufacturers of security equipment in the UK and has been a member of Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative, for many years.

You can find out full details of Heald’s extensive range of SBD accredited products here: