New contract secures 34 jobs for Gloucester manufacturer

Composite manufacturer Permali Gloucester has won a major contract to supply armoured materials to General Dynamics European Land Systems which will be a key component for 589 AJAX vehicles for use by British Army.

The contract worth £15 million will support 34 jobs at the Gloucester based company who have been established since 1937 supplying defence, aerospace, rail and automotive sectors.

The company recently undertook a substantial research and development programme, and also invested £300,000 in new machinery to manufacture the newly developed materials.

AJAX are state-of-the-art medium armoured fighting vehicles mainly used for reconnaissance.

Director of Land Equipment and the UK’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, Major General Robert Talbot Rice, said: “The Ajax vehicle is at the heart of the UK’s new Strike Brigades, giving our Armed Forces the ability to respond rapidly and effectively across a huge variety of terrains. The signing of this contract means that Permali will have a key role in supplying world class protection for the British Army’s fleet of next-generation fighting vehicles.”

Colin MacAdam, Managing Director at Permali commented “This is a seven-year contract and the result of a great deal of hard work by many employees. This vehicle sets the standard for the use of the latest technologies – there were many new requirements that had to be achieved. Against international competition, we have demonstrated that Permali has developed world leading composite technology.”