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HRH The Duke of Gloucester presents major award to safety specialists A-SAFE

Safety barrier manufacturer A-SAFE recently received a visit from HRH The Duke of Gloucester to present the company with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The Duke, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, presented the award to A-SAFE directors in recognition of the company’s achievements in international trade.

A-SAFE supplies a range of flexible, polymer-based safety barriers to industrial workplaces across the world, such as automotive manufacturing, construction sites, food and drink facilities, car parks, warehouses and airports.

ASAFE3 The Duke of Gloucester (right) unveils the Queen's Award plaque with company directors James (left) and Luke (centre) Smith
The Duke of Gloucester (right) unveils the Queen’s Award plaque with company directors James (left) and Luke (centre) Smith

Director James Smith, who accepted the award from The Duke on behalf of all A-SAFE staff, said: “We are very honoured to accept the Queen’s Award from His Royal Highness. The company has come a long way in ten years, built on our foundation stones of innovation, manufacturing and the highest possible quality of products and service. We are proud to be a local company with a global reach and we are looking forward to continuing our growth and making the workplaces of the world even safer, more cost-efficient places over the next decade.”

A-SAFE directors were able to demonstrate the capabilities of their independently tested barrier range to The Duke during a factory tour, which also included a look at the company’s research and development department, the unique manufacturing processes and the onsite extrusion, moulding and testing machinery.

Various VIP customers and special guests were also invited to the event, where they were shown video presentations on a fully built in-house exhibition stand and witnessed various product resilience demonstrations as A-SAFE’s barrier range was put through its paces.

A-SAFE’s polymer-based barriers flex on impact from workplace vehicles, absorbing and dissipating the impact forces. Through this, vehicles, floors, equipment, structures and people are protected and the barriers themselves reform.

A-SAFE, based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, has eight international subsidiaries and re-sellers in over 60 countries. The company achieved international turnover of £6.4m in 2014.

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