Potters® reflective glass beads are industry leading and reliable safety solutions. We manufacture a wide range of beads that are specially engineered to suit our customer needs and budget. Our products include standard 1.5 and highly reflective 1.9 refractive index beads, and are produced in multiple sizes to accommodate all weather and roadway types. Our 1.9 glass beads deliver superior reflectance for brighter traffic markings while our larger beads offer maintained visibility during wet-weather conditions; both provide improved driving confidence resulting in reduced roadway accidents.

Potters® ASNZS 2009 Optics – Drop On

ASNZ 2009 beads are available in both Standard and HR versions and are all APAS approved. While both grades meet or exceed the requirements, the HR versions must pass an additional minimum retro-reflectivity laboratory test. Please view Specialty Highway Optics for information about Pristine Grades. A variety of packaging options are available to meet customer needs. Adhesion-coated versions are available for enhanced bonding when required for specific applications such as Cold Applied Plastic and UV-cured products.

Potters® Intermix Optics

In Australia and NZ, APAS approved Intermix beads complying with AS2009 Type C-HR are available. Potters is proud that our Australian made Intermix beads are APAS 0042 approved, which is a requirement for use in all APAS 0041 approved thermoplastic products.

In India, Indonesia and throughout APAC, BS6088 A is available as Intermix beads.

Potters® Premix Optics

Premix beads are applied to thin film paint materials and are typically smaller than drop-on beads. Talk to us about the additional benefits of “wet paint protection” using P93 premix beads.

Potters® Antiskid Optics – Drop On

ASNZS 2009 beads are also available in a 70/30 mix with specifically sized glass aggregate where additional antiskid properties are required. Talk to your local representative about the particle size grading for your specific application.

Product Availability per Region

Potters® Boasts Glass Bead manufacturing plants in Australia, Japan and Thailand. The most represented glass bead manufacturer in our region*, Potters® has your specific requirements covered. Contact your local representative for options.

  • Australia: ASNZS 2009 HR grades; AS2009 Type C-HR
  • New Zealand: ASNZS 2009 Standard and HR grades; AS2009 Type C-HR
  • Indonesia: ASNZS 2009 Standard and HR grades; BS6088 A and B
  • Japan: JIS R3301

*Excluding China

Potters® Pristine HR Optics – Drop On

Lifting the quality and performance boundaries of standard ASNZ2009 and BS6088 has been made possible with Potters Pristine quality beads. ASNZ2009 Type BHR and BS6088B Pristine Drop-On 03 are manufactured from only the highest quality raw materials available. These HR grades have long been the benchmark for retro-reflectivity and are synonymous with better, brighter lines throughout APAC. With Pristine Drop-On grades meeting a minimum of 450mcd, you are guaranteed high performance. Pristine quality option is also available in Intermix Type CHR.

Potters® EHS7030

Available in Australia as an optimised blend of DHR and BHR beads offering a balance of wet and nighttime visibility. Potters® EHS7030 is APAS approved, so you know it’s safe and reliable.

Potters® 1.9 Refractive Index Optics

Originally available for Airport applications, several refractive index grades are available for highway use where very high retrorflectivity is required. Please contact your local Potters® office for details.

Note: 1.9 RI is currently only used in India, Malaysia, and New Zealand.

Benchmark Wet Reflective Optic

VISIMAX® Safety Marking Spheres are our large virgin glass beads designed to stand above the film of water on wet pavement lines. They overcome the limitations of standard highway beads to provide great wet-night visibility at an affordable price. These beads comply with AS2009 Type DHR and AASHTO Type 3. Adhesion-coated versions are available for enhanced bonding when required for specific applications such as Cold Applied Plastic and UV-cured products.

Note: The Visimax® brand in Australia refers to the above product and is not related to Visimax® wet night visible system sold in the US or Europe.

Highly Reflective Wet Optic

VISI-ULTRA® beads provide the highest visibility in all-weather conditions. The large bead system allows quick water drainage while giving exceptional retroreflectivity to ensure high quality markings, and increased visibility for safer roadways.


Potters® airport beads are manufactured in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards and are specially coated for durable binder-bonding.

TT-B-1325D Type I

Potters® Type I, 1.5 index airport beads ensure that all minimum safety standards are achieved to provide the needed safety for air and runway traffic at airfields around the world.


TT-B-1325D Type III

Potters® Type III, 1.9 index airport beads provide optimal visibility for airfield markings, enabling the utmost safety for air traffic and taxiways at airfields. Type III glass beads are 2 – 3 times brighter than Type I beads, providing long-term reflectivity and maintenance cost savings.


TT-B-1325D Type IV

Potters® Type IV airport beads are our large direct-melt, 1.5 airport beads designed to combat wet weather conditions and are well-suited for thicker binder applications.

Fast Drying Formulation for Waterborne Paint

VISILOK® dries waterborne paint 50% faster than waterborne jobs completed without VISILOK®. This reduces the need for lane closures, keeps applicators more mobile and potentially reduces traffic control costs. Available in two grades; TPD for long line work and TQD for hand applied transverse work. VISILOK® further improves performance in damp/humid & cold weather conditions and helps to prevent tyre tracking.

Safety Marking Sphere Dispenser

The VISIGUN® Safety Marking Sphere Dispenser is an air pressure bead dispenser with a two-way air cylinder function that makes an even distribution for all size beads. It operates on a pressure-feed system. The design adjusts for an even distribution of all sizes of glass beads. This easy adjustment feature makes VISIGUN® the ideal dispenser for all highway safety marking spheres. Available in Australia through an authorised provider. Please contact your Potters office for details.

Sphere Dispenser

The SPEEDBEADER® Sphere Dispenser patented injection air system reduces bead roll and provides a more uniform glass bead distribution in all bead specifications. Bead dispersion is controlled by an air pressurized piston/spring return, an operator regulator-controlled injection air system, and an adjustable angle & width chute nozzle (small & large).