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Andre Dahl

Troops being deployed in Afghanistan are now being issued SealSkinz waterproof socks.

It is just the latest in a line of products being sent around the world from the Norfolk business, which was formed from a management buyout of a former part of membranes business KL Technologies in 2007.

The business designs, manufactures and supplies waterproof socks, gloves and hats.

Highlights for 2011 included a sales increase of 15pc into the sports and leisure market up to the end of the financial year in June and the signing of a four-year contract for waterproof socks with the Ministry of Defence, initially valued at £1.6m.

The business built a new laboratory for research, development and product testing; successfully launched a new direct to consumer website at the end of 2010; and featured in awards supported by HSBC and the Daily Telegraph.

And certain SealSkinz products can now be officially sold as personal protective equipment (PPE) after passing a necessary accreditation.

An upgraded and improved range of products is helping to make the current financial year look strong, with sales to date for the year ending June 2012 already up by 40pc.

Mr Dahl said he was particularly pleased that sales into the core European export market were up 46pc.

'Despite difficult economic conditions and great uncertainty both in our supply chain and end consumer markets, SealSkinz has had a good year,' said Mr Dahl.

Location: King's Lynn
Sector: Manufacturing
Turnover: £5.88m
Staff: 81
Website: www.sealskinz.com
a line of products being sent around the world from the Norfolk business