Avon Rubber Awarded the 2015 IOM3 Prince Philip Award
Avon Rubber p.l.c., Melksham, Wiltshire/UK, was presented with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Price Philip Award on the 10th November 2015 in London. The award, presented to Avon by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh himself, is awarded every two years to organizations or individuals who have developed ‘polymers in the service of mankind’. Avon Rubber was selected for this year’s award largely for its 100 years of respiratory protection development.
Avon Rubber has always strived to produce the best possible materials and products made from rubber and has been producing rubber gas masks since shortly after the introduction of chemical warfare agents in the First World War. Avon’s masks are recognized as world-leading by the people who use them, and by their very nature, are zero failure. They were used in the Second World War and today are used by more than two million people around the world.
IOM3 is a major UK membership organisation which exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science, engineering and associated technologies as a leading authority in the worldwide materials, minerals and mining community. Dr Bernie Rickinson, Chief Executive of IOM3, said, “It is apt that on the centenary of the war, a company that produces a major product borne out of that conflict is recognized for the contribution it has made to the protection of mankind.”
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