Defence chief praises cutting edge city skills

Factory Focus on Tinsley Bridge Group, Sheffield. Precision grinding on a slideway. Stablisers for lorries being produced
Factory Focus on Tinsley Bridge Group, Sheffield. Precision grinding on a slideway. Stablisers for lorries being produced
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DEFENCE Secretary Liam Fox has praised the “cutting edge technologies” of a Sheffield firm, which he hailed as being part of the lifeblood of the defence industry.

Dr Fox highlighted the role Shepcote Lane-based Tinsley Bridge has played in new developments to Britain’s Warrior infantry fighting vehicle, which had improved its cross country mobility, handling and the protection it offers to troops inside from mines.

Speaking at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition in London, Dr Fox said Britain had maintained its place as the second largest exporter of new defence products and services and grown its security exports by eight per cent to £2 billion.

“The British success story is not just about global prime contractors - it is about the small businesses who are world leaders in cutting-edge technologies - they are the lifeblood of the industry,” said Dr Fox. “This is about family-owned companies like Tinsley Bridge Group in Sheffield who worked with BAE Systems to produce suspension on Warrior vehicles that provides mobility and protection.”

Tinsley Bridge used a steel it developed, called Extralite, to make replacement torsion bars for Warrior, which is the only tracked infantry vehicle in Afghanistan.