Sapa supports Dawes Highway Safety Ltd with design and aluminium extrusion


Dawes Highway Safety Ltd recently turned to Sapa Profiles UK for support with the design, extrusion and fabrication of profiles for their DawesGuard™ DropDown® Technology safety system. Providing initial design consultation, Sapa Profiles aided Dawes with fabrication processes including machining and anodising as well as quality control for the extrusions.

Dawes Highway Safety manufactures DawesGuard™ DropDown® Technology – a fully retractable safety system that can be fitted to any heavy goods vehicle under run bar with the aim of preventing wheels passing over a person who is on the road. Dawes Highway Safety is based in Andover, Hampshire and was founded in 2015 by a former motorcycle officer from London’s Metropolitan Police, James Dawes.









Sapa provided the initial consultation and tooling of two sections for Dawes. The sections were then extruded and machined, before being anodised and then finally quality controlled by Sapa.

Dawes products are made from aluminium, creating principle components for a revolutionary automotive safety product. Aluminium is widely recognised as fit for purpose in a wide range of automotive applications as it is strong, lightweight and can be anodised to match existing vehicle body parts.










Communications between Dawes and Sapa have been consistent and accurate throughout the process, providing Dawes with regular updates on production lead times. This communication is integral to a successful relationship and Sapa Profiles recognises the value in effective and open support for customers.

James Dawes, founder and Managing Director of Dawes comments “I was impressed by the service we received from Sapa from the start. At our request we were visited by a very knowledgeable consultant who assisted and advised us with the design process for the extrusions we required. We were then given an excellent account manager who ensured the entire process was trouble free by providing useful production updates and keeping us fully appraised as components were manufactured.”









“Our products were delivered ahead of schedule and have passed quality control with flying colours. As a company we are satisfied that our tooling investment is in safe hands and we have gained an invaluable ‘production partner’ for our component supply chain.”

About Dawes Highway Safety Ltd                             

Dawes Highway Safety Ltd was set up to develop ways of improving road safety for the heavy goods vehicle industry when sharing the road with pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists.

It has developed a new patented product – the DawesGuard™ DropDown® Technology ­ with the aim of preventing vulnerable road users from falling under an HGV and being run over by the rear wheels.

Both products have been designed and are manufactured in the UK.


Twitter: @DawesHighway

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