Announcement

BIS hosts exhibition of design and manufacturing excellence in British security products

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The exhibition will run until 20 May showing visitors to the BIS building UK products including respirators, body armour, detection equipment…

The exhibition will run until 20 May showing visitors to the BIS building UK products including respirators, body armour, detection equipment and covert video surveillance equipment.

The diverse and technologically advanced UK security industry comprises over 8,000 companies and employs 140,000 people. The global security market is expanding at an annual rate of around five per cent, and UK companies, with £1.51 billion of exports in 2009/10 are well placed to take advantage of the growing opportunities.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said:

“The UK is one of the world leaders in the security sector, and this is demonstrated by our thriving industry, which is constantly pushing the boundaries, and developing innovative technologies.

“It is important we provide the right conditions to allow this industry to continue to succeed in a global market and we must look at ways of increasing UK exports.

“I am extremely grateful to ADS in helping to organise the exhibition, and to all the companies who have contributed exhibits to this event.”

Security products include:

  • Avon Protection - manufacturer of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear respiratory protection equipment.
  • Jack Ellis Body Protection - specialise in making body armour for the police, military, media, government and commercial security markets.
  • Selectamark - specialise in permanent marking and asset identification of property and is recommended by the police.

The exhibition is one of a rolling programme of themed displays demonstrating excellence in British design, engineering and manufacturing.** **

The Government is committed to promoting UK manufacturing as it is critical to economic growth with responsibility for 53 per cent of UK exports and 2.8 million jobs.

Notes to editors

  1. The UK is one of the World’s leading manufacturers contributing £140bn pa to the UK economy.

  2. This exhibition follows previous Manufacturing exhibitions on the Engineering Supply Chain, Olympics 2012, Automotive and Low Carbon.

  3. Full list of exhibitors:

Avon** Protection**

Avon Protection is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear respiratory protection equipment. Avon has supplied respirators to the Ministry of Defence and Nato allies for more than 80 years, and is the sole supplier of military respirators to the US armed forces.

Jack Ellis Body Protection

Jack Ellis Body Protection specialise in making body armour for the police, military, media, government and commercial security markets and have also produced an armoured tweed waistcoat, on display in the exhibition.

Robosynthesis

This London-based company have spent six years developing their patented robot system - a single core module around which many different robots can be built. This versatility means it can be used for a wide range of military and policing mission requirements.

Selectamark

Selectamark specialise in the permanent marking and asset identification of property and is recommended by the police and insurance companies. Its DNA marking system, SelectaDNA, uses synthetic DNA to uniquely identify items of value and is used by over 80% of UK police forces.


Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection is a world leading manufacturer of advanced security sensors and screening technology for use at airports, ports and passenger terminals worldwide. Its trace detection and x-ray screening equipment can detect explosives, weapons and illegal items on hand baggage or on passengers themselves.

Sonic Communications

Sonic Communications specialises in the design and manufacture of fixed and vehicle covert video surveillance equipment for law enforcement agencies, government departments and military units worldwide.

Steatite

Steatite is a leading supplier of specialist battery packs, industrial computer hardware and rugged notebooks for use in highly demanding, mission-critical environments.

  1. The BIS online newsroom contains the latest press notices, speeches, as well as video and images for download. See http://www.bis.gov.uk/newsroom for more information.

Notes to Editors

Contact Information

Name BIS Press Office Job Title

Division COI Phone

Fax

Mobile

Email NDS.BIS@coi.gsi.gov.uk

Name Ashley Rogers. Job Title

Division Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Phone 020 7215 5971 Fax

Mobile

Email ashley.rogers@bis.gsi.gov.uk