Gloucestershire based firm, Permali has secured a £15 million deal that will see its armour, light-weight composites, included in the British Army’s order for 589 new AJAX reconnaissance and fighting carriers being made by General Dynamics Land Systems UK.
To win the AJAX order, Permali invested in £300,000 into new machinery used make the materials, along with installing a £1 million heating system that cuts carbon emissions by 400 tonnes a year.
“Many of our processes - bonding, precision cutting, moulding, spraying and pressing, are energy intensive. We had to have the new efficient boiler to improve our capability.” says chief executive Dr Colin MacAdam.
Technological advances, alongside the rising threat of terrorism have driven the firm’s progress. “Weight is increasingly an issue, composites are lighter and stronger. Our goal is to replace metal wherever we can,” adds MacAdam.