Avon Protection is pleased to confirm the award of a sole-source contract worth up to $93 million to develop and supply the U.S. Army with the Next-Generation Integrated Head Protection System. The contract will follow on from the existing low-rate initial production contract for the Integrated Head Protection System which comes to an end in 2021. Technological Excellence & Commitment Paul McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, said, “I am delighted that Avon Protection will continue to provide the U.S. Army with the Integrated Head Protection System.” “This contract award demonstrates our ongoing focus on technological excellence and commitment to developing the next generation of life-critical personal protection systems.” “This further strengthens our medium-term outlook and represents further momentum in our leading ballistic helmet portfolio.”
Avon Protection is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement to acquire Team Wendy, a foremost supplier of helmets and helmet liner and retention systems for Military and First Responder markets. Following completion, the acquisition will bring together two foremost providers to create a global front-runner in helmets. The enhanced and broader product portfolio will include: Enlarged helmet portfolio – A full range of tactical bump helmets, ballistic combat helmets, and search & rescue helmets as well as related accessories. Liner and retention systems – Leading liner and retention system technologies, used in U.S. DOD helmets and throughout the Team Wendy product range. Acquisition & Transformation Paul McDonald, Chief Executive said, “The acquisition of Team Wendy is another important strategic step in the transformation of Avon Protection into a leading provider of life-critical personal protection systems.” “Team Wendy is a high-quality business with complementary liner and retention system technologies and established positions in Rest of World Military and First Responder helmet markets. “ Developing Head Protection Systems Team Wendy and Avon Protection will work together to prevent traumatic brain injury and to improve the performance Paul McDonald continued, “Bringing Team Wendy into the same family with our existing Helmets & Armor business establishes Avon Protection as a global leader in Military and First Responder helmets, with an enhanced and broader product portfolio with stronger capabilities and routes to market.” “We look forward to welcoming Team Wendy into the Avon Protection family and working together to further develop head protection systems that prevent traumatic brain injury and to improve the performance and capability of our customers.” Sharing Vision For Growth & Expansion Jose Rizo-Patron, Team Wendy, Chief Executive Officer, added, “Today’s announcement marks an exciting new chapter for Team Wendy that will usher in new opportunities for our employees, our customers, and our business partners.” “It was important for us to find the right owner for Team Wendy with a shared vision to save lives by providing the best for anyone wearing a helmet and who would continue to build on Team Wendy’s legacy.” “Avon Protection shares our vision for the growth and expansion of Team Wendy and, as such, we believe they are the right long-term partner for our customers, employees, and other stakeholders.” U.S Regulatory Approvals The acquisition is subject to U.S. regulatory approvals, approval by Avon Rubber’s shareholders, and customary closing conditions and is expected to complete in the first quarter of the 2021 financial year. Upon completion, Team Wendy will continue to operate on a standalone basis from its Cleveland Ohio base, benefiting from the wider Avon Protection infrastructure and management support.
Avon Protection is pleased to confirm the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the award of a dual source contract to supply replacement M61 filters for the M50 mask system. Avon Protection will compete for each order of the $127 million contracts over a duration of up to seven years, being a five-year base period plus two further one-year extension periods. Avon Protection anticipates receiving the contract and first-order shortly, with deliveries expected to commence in the 2021 financial year. Delivering Quality Respiratory Protection Paul McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, said, "We look forward to continuing to deliver the highest performing and highest quality respiratory protection to the U.S. DoD.” “This award together with the M50 mask system sustainment contract announced in June will further underpin our ongoing sustainable revenues from the U.S. DoD’s installed base of over two million M50 mask systems.”
Avon Protection is pleased to announce that the UK MOD General Service Respirator (GSR) is now in production and work has begun to deliver the first order. Avon Protection was awarded the 5-year contract to resupply and in-service support for the GSR in February 2018. After a year of development, samples of the GSR were provided to DSTL for laboratory testing and User evaluation. These tests were successfully passed and the GSR was accepted into service in September. New Manufacturing Lines New production lines have been created to assemble the respirator and filter systems Avon Protection received the first order for respirators and spares at the beginning of October. To meet the needs of full-scale production, two new manufacturing lines have been created to assemble the respirator and filter systems. The £16 million contracts have created 22 new jobs at Avon Protection - three management and nineteen shop-floor productions as well as helping to sustain their 180 employees in Melksham, Wiltshire. This contract showcases the joint efforts between the CBRN team at DE&S, Avon Protection, DSTL, and the User. Authority Comments Paul McDonald, Chief Executive Officer for Avon Protection, said, “We are delighted to support the UK MOD and service personnel with the GSR respirator and we look forward to continuing a long-term relationship with this strategically important customer.” “This contract demonstrates the UK MOD’s continued confidence and reliance on Avon Protection to supply product of the highest quality and performance to protect its troops.”