Wiltshire-based Avon Rubber has reported a positive start to its 2020 financial year, with continued strong order intake in both businesses. In its first quarter to December the order intake up 12 per cent.

Strong order intake in its military business had more than offset the impact of the company's exit from the fire self-contained breathing apparatus market.

“We expect to receive further follow-on orders in the second quarter from the US Department of Defense under the M69 aircrew mask and M53A1 mask and powered air system contracts. We also continue to see a strong pipeline of rest of the world military and first responder opportunities to further broaden our customer base across our product portfolio,” the company said.