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Marshalls signals focus on intelligent street furniture

Hard landscaping product manufacturer Marshalls has signalled its intention to invest in development of intelligent street furniture.

The Yorkshire-based firm said it wanted to develop high-tech roadside items as part of a bid to grow as a business.

It came as Marshalls revealed a 17% hike in revenue, posting sales of £358.5M for the year ended 31 December 2014.

Chief executive Martyn Coffey said this year had started even stronger than the previous one.

He added: “The group has a number of current priorities that will grow and develop the business this year and into the future.

“The group intends to invest further resource over the medium term to drive further innovation and new product development. One specific area of opportunity is ‘intelligent street furniture’, which would see the incorporation of new technology into street lighting systems and items such as bollards and bins.

“The technology facilitates the communication of information: for example, bins that can signal when they need emptying; and bollards that can inform pedestrians where to go.”

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