(Wiltshire, United Kingdom – 22 March 2014) The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt. Hon. Mrs. Theresa Villiers MP and local prospective MP for Chippenham, Michelle Donelan, visited Alford Technologies (Saturday 22 March) to discuss the work that the company does producing counter-terrorism and battlefield clearance products.
Founder and Chairman Dr. Sidney Alford, together with Managing Director Roland Alford, welcomed Theresa Villiers and Michelle Donelan, and explained the Company’s evolution and activities and escorted them both on a tour of the Alford Technologies’ headquarters.
Alford Technologies is a market leading provider of products that mitigate the threat from terrorism, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other explosive threats. Alford products are also used to support police breachers in hostage rescue operations and also in commercial demolition and dismantling.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers said: “Alford Technologies are a fantastic example of a unique Chippenham company whose products are saving countless lives throughout the world. I am pleased that in Government we are supporting local firms like Alford to reduce the burden of red tape and making it easier for them to create local jobs and grow our economy. Thank you to Michelle for introducing me to them”.
Speaking about the visit, Dr. Alford said “We are very pleased that the Secretary of State took the time to see us during her visit to the county and that she seemed interested to find out about our work. I hope that her visit might enable us to help people who already benefit from our services to an even greater extent.
Dr. Alford added “We have a small team of very enthusiastic people who apply their knowledge and ingenuity to the development of products which offer unparalleled performance and protection to the user, and we hope that these can continue to support activities related to national security”.
Alford products form an integral part of national security for many nations around the world including the UK and Northern Ireland. The products consist of explosive charge containers which are supplied empty and are then loaded with explosive as required by the user for specific operations. This brings enormous logistic and performance advantages to bomb disposal operators and counter-terrorism professionals enabling them to safely disarm IEDs and resolve explosive hazards with minimal disruption to the surrounding area. These products are used widely to support the efforts in Afghanistan.