Imperial Armour has showcased its new Tactical Range kit for Police Services, Elite Force Range for Special Operation Forces and its Emergency Services Range of outfits and equipment at the IFSEC South Africa security and fire exhibition in Midrand.
The Elite Force range, launched at IFSEC 2011, was developed by Imperial Armour in conjunction with Chute Systems, and is specifically designed for Special Operations Forces. The extensive range kits out the Bush fighter, Urban Warfare soldier and Military Free fallers. These include the Commando 120 lt Bergen Bag, Battle Jacket and Chest Webbing. The partnership with Chute Systems allows Imperial Armour to have its equipment tested by various military units, both local and abroad, ensuring all requirements are met in operation.
The Tactical Range for police comprises a riot suit with armour vest and a lightweight helmet that is half the weight of a traditional helmet. Imperial Armour’s Managing Director Louisa Garland-Els said that over 5 000 riot helmets and shields have been sold to the United Arab Emirates.
The third product showcased by Imperial Armour at IFSEC was an Emergency Services outfit, featuring a single kit bag to replace the numerous bags paramedics usually carry.
Imperial Armour specialises in personal protection equipment, with ranges covering all fields where protection is required, including fire and rescue, riot control, VIP protection, de-mining etc. The company has grown from strength to strength and has extended its range by introducing Imperial Fire. This range now includes Molten Wear Suits, Emergency Flight Suits and Medical Bags.
Imperial Armour was founded in 2000 and has exported to over 75 countries since inception. “Business is going very well. Last year our profits grew by 26%.” Garland-Els said. “I’m very excited for this year.” She added that demand from Asia is high but budgets are low and that “the main money is coming from Africa and the Middle East, which is on our doorstep.”
“What drives the company is the desire and passion and wish to succeed,” Garland-Els said. This has seen Imperial Armour take on an extra nine staff this year, bringing the total to 46.
Garland-Els said that there are many clients for marine security equipment as there is big demand from this area with the high prevalence of piracy around Africa.
She added that a third of business comes from security companies. “Security companies are the biggest growth area in South Africa.”
Imperial Armour is a preferred supplier to Paramount Logistics, Omega, the Namibian ministry of defence and Netcare 911 – the company is completing a contract for Paramount and is redoing Netcare 911’s flight suits.
IFSEC South Africa, the biggest commercial security, government security and fire event in Africa, took place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand between 19 and 21 June. Although primarily featuring products and services, the event also featured talks on security matters.
Garland-Els said this was the company’s 12 year of participation in IFSEC, which “definitely brings in orders” – last year the company was “inundated”.