David Clelland MP visits Petards Group

Press Release : March 31, 2010
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Established on Tyneside in 1951, the specialist engineering and surveillance company has grown in key strategic areas of Transport, Emergency Services and Defence.
In a time of economical uncertainty for many companies, Petards has managed to sustain its position in the last 12 months thanks to key contract wins in all three sectors.

David heard how the company will see its eyeTrain on-board surveillance systems fitted to East Coast Mainline and Stansted Express trains during 2010, while its specialist ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras have seen large orders from police forces in Europe and the Middle East.

Within the defence sector, Petards Joyce-Loebl gained substantial orders to supply electronic counter measure equipment to Navy and Army helicopter fleets. These systems protect missiles from missile attack and are helping protect soldiers serving around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Commenting on the visit, Petards Chief Executive, Bill Conn said We were delighted to welcome David to Petards; he has worked hard to promote our region and local business for many years.

David Clelland commented on his visit Yet again, on a visit to a local company, I have been impressed by the state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities in the North East, not least here of the Team Valley Trading Estate. Petards displays the kind of high skill high quality manufacturing that will be the salvation of the region and I congratulate all associate with the company and wish them well for the future.

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David Clelland Visit: (David Clelland MP & Dave Robson – Production Repair Coordinator).
David Clelland Visit 2: (David Clelland MP & Bill Conn Petards Group CEO)
David Clelland Visit 3: (David Clelland MP & Bill Conn Petards Group CEO)
Further images of the day are available upon request.

Other Information
With a history dating back over 50 years, Petards Group is a world-wide leader and established innovator in the sectors of Transport, Emergency Services and Defence. Working closely with a global network of suppliers and partners, our advanced security and surveillance solutions are helping to make the world a safer place.

Transport
Our market-leading on-train CCTV solution, introduced over 10 years ago, was the launch pad for our current eyeTrain portfolio. These systems have since been chosen and installed on 5000 rail vehicles around the globe, helping to increase passenger safety and improve passenger satisfaction.
Today, this portfolio has grown to offer a wide range of high-tech, leading edge products for on-board solutions including Passenger Counting Systems, Condition Based On-Board Monitoring, Passenger Information Systems and Public Address Systems.

Emergency Services
Petards ProVida is the world’s leading in-car police surveillance and ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) brand with over 70% of the UK’s police forces actively using one of our systems. The brand has also stretched to over 20 countries as diverse as Hong Kong and Turkey to Italy and Sweden.
There are four components that make up the ProVida solution, comprising of In-Car Video, Speed Enforcement, ANPR Systems and ANPR cameras. However, what has enabled the brand to grow globally is the seamless integration of these components and ease of use to the end user.

Defence
Petards provide a full range of specialist engineering services to the defence sector. Our reputation is for being a responsive, flexible and reliable partner in delivering challenging military programmes.
For over 50 years the company has specialised in our chosen areas of the Defence market, always maintaining a high level of new design and skilled engineering capabilities in-house.
Today the company excels in the disciplines of Communications and Information Systems, Fighting Vehicle Control Systems, Electronic Warfare and in the provision of Engineering Services to the Defence sector across the world.

For further information see www.petards.com

Contacts
Steven Proudfoot
Marketing Manager
Petards Joyce-Loebl Ltd
390 Princesway
Team Valley – Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE11 0TU
Tel:+44 (0) 191 440 4657
E: steven.proudfoot@petards.com

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