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PRESS RELEASE - Avon invests in underwater life support innovation

Date: 08 May 2013

VR Technology is pleased to announce that as of 26th April 2013 the company became part of Avon Protection under the Avon Rubber p.l.c group.

With over 120 years’ experience, Avon Rubber is an innovative engineering group who specialise in respiratory protection system technology for the Protection &Defence market and in consumables for the Dairy market with their own Milkrite brand. 

Avon invests significantly in research and development; designing, testing and manufacturing specialist products from a number of sites in the USA and UK and is recognised as a global market leader.

Avon’s acquisition of VR Technology is seen as a significant enhancement for both companies and for the future of terrestrial and sub-marine life support systems.

Kevin Gurr, at VR Technology said, ' This is a great opportunity for us all at VR Technology and something we are excited about taking forward with the team at Avon. We will be looking to use our strength in key technologies to expand into global military markets; but also utilising the combination of Avon's R&D and marketing capability, our Innovation in life support systems and our existing association with AUP/Hollis for our sport product range, to expand our recreational market sales and service with significant product development.”

Avon will continue to support and expand VR Technology’s recreational customer base and its existing ties with Oceanic/Hollis in the USA.

Peter Slabbert, CEO at Avon, said “We are delighted to have VR Technology on board and welcome all the team.  Avon Protection has previously progressed from ground forces to air and this development into sub-marine is very exciting for us all ”.