Avon wins US defence contract

Wednesday, 7th August 2013

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Avon Rubber has secured a contract with the US Department of Defense which is worth $6.7m (£4.4m)

The Melksham-headquartered manufacturer is to develop a modified version of its M53 face mask product to provide respiratory protection to a wide range of operators on the department’s fleet of fixed wing aircraft.

The initial two year pre-production contract covers the development, testing and user trials of the new mask system as well as the provision of logistical support.

Avon said there is the potential for follow-on production contract awards of up to $74m (£48.2m).

Chief executive Peter Slabbert said: “This contract reaffirms Avon Protection’s position as the respiratory protection equipment provider of choice for the US Department of Defense.

“Our high specification products have gained widespread support as users experience their superior design and comfort. Our depth of capability and development positions Avon Protection as the global market leader of respiratory protection systems technology.”

Earlier this year Avon Rubber reported a rise of more than a quarter in its pre-tax profit in the first half of its financial year boosted by its protection and defence division.

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