Paul McDonald, Chief Executive Officer: 

“Following the transformation of the Group in 2020 into a leading provider of life critical personal protection systems, we have made a strong start to 2021, continuing to deliver organic growth in orders and revenues, together with further progress against our strategic objectives.    

We have seen significant growth in respiratory protection from both Military and First Responder customers, while Team Wendy has performed well following the acquisition in November 2020, and we completed the integration of the ballistic protection business acquired in January 2020 from 3M.  

We are making good progress to resolve the delays in product approval for our body armor programmes and remain on track to commence shipments in the first half of our 2022 financial year.  

Given the $157m order book and strong pipeline of opportunities across our personal protection portfolio, we are confident of delivering full year expectations and remain excited by the medium-term prospects.  

Reflecting our transformation into a focussed provider of life critical personal protection systems we plan to change our name to Avon Protection plc during the second half of the year.”  

For the full half year results statement, visit the Financial Reports section of our website.