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Firm seals military clothing deal
A Norfolk firm has won part of an 18m contract to provide waterproof clothing for the armed forces.

Porvair International, based in King's Lynn, will supply the waterproof material needed to make more than 660,000 items of clothing.

The new kit will be made by Thistle Garments in Scotland.

The deal was announced by Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram during a visit to the Scottish company's base at Cumbernauld Business Park.

Five year contract

Mr Ingram said the five-year contract would produce a saving of more than 5m when compared with other procurement methods.

Thistle Garments will provide a range of 25 waterproof products including jackets, trousers, salopettes and sleeping bag covers.

Mr Ingram added: "The armed forces have come a long way in the quality of the clothing issued to serving personnel.

"With a number of new designs being introduced as part of this contract, it will result in clothing that will be more comfortable to wear, while keeping our troops dry no matter what the conditions."

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