Personal protective equipment company Imperial Armour has opened a new office in Johannesburg, its third after Durban and Dubai.
The new office in Honeydew was formally opened yesterday by Louisa Garland-Els, the Managing Director of Imperial Armour. She said that the Johannesburg branch is able to offer readily available body armour as well as necessary accessories, such as helmets, plates etc.
Garland-Els said that her company has seen its largest order to date, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) armed forces, worth R17 million. This contract, which came from the Dubai office, is for de-mining equipment, including de-mining aprons and other items.
Imperial Armour believes the UAE is a focus point, especially as there is turbulence in many of the countries in the region. At present, in the UAE, Imperial Armour is serving the Police and GHQ armed forces. By establishing offices in Dubai, the company is able to target many more areas such as special operations, fire and rescue services as well as oil companies.
“2014 is looking to be a very exciting year,” Garland-Els said, with 30% growth in turnover this year. Four months into its financial year, Imperial Armour already has the same turnover as it had for the whole of last year. However, Garland-Els noted that “the personal proction industry is certainly challenging but with a dedicated team both in Durban, Dubai and Joburg, it certainly ensures that we are focused to achieve expectations.”
Garland-Els said that Imperial Armour was busy developing a new product but could yet not disclose what it was.
The company will be exhibiting at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 in September (Hall 4, stand 4B-14) and will also be going to Qatar for the Milipol Qatar exhibition in October.
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. Since formation in 2000, the company has exported to over 75 countries.