Rosehill Rail are part of the Rosehill Polymers group of companies and they entered the rail market almost inadvertently.
In 1991 Rosehill Polymers were approached by Reidel Omni an American company who at that time were manufacturing rail road crossing surfaces from rubber and asked Rosehill to research the possibility of using a polyurethane based system to bond their Rubber panels as a quicker and more environmentally friendly method of manufacture. At the time they were bonding the rubber particles by vulcanisation which involved heating the panels to 160 degrees C for up to 17 hours, a massive use of energy combine with poor production output.
After a programme of tests and experiments and trials using an Omni mould, Rosehill initially achieved a cold cure bond in 1.5 hours with enormous savings in both energy and increased production. Omni adopted this method of manufacture until 1995.
In 1999 Omni ceased the manufacture of the railway crossing panels and the moulds were offered for sale. As Rosehill had done the pioneering work on the cold cure process it offered an opportunity to manufacture them in Britain so Rosehill bought 24 moulds and entered the rail market.
Approved by Network Rail and many other rail authorities, Rosehill have been marketing these panels worldwide since 1999 through a network of international distributors.
Rosehill's programme of continuous development has not only enabled them to reduce the de-moulding period from 1.5 hours to 25 minutes but also to develop new systems for all road conditions and other innovative products including Anti-Trespass panels which are designed to deter animals or people from unauthorised access.
The simplicity of design, adaptability and the speed at which these panel systems can be installed is a major contributory factor in their increasing popularity with rail networks throughout the world.