A tech product manufacturer is turning its attention to the corporate and local authority sectors after gaining market share with its speciality bag.
Tamworth-based DiskLabs has created an innovative product which it says keeps mobile phones, tablets and laptops safe from wiping or tampering.
It has built turnover up to the £2 million mark and now employs 11 staff following the launch of the 'Faraday Bag'.
The technology works by using electromagnetic shields to block external static electrical fields, such as mobile phones, tablets or similar devices.
The product, which has developed with the support of the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), has already won orders in the forensic investigation, law enforcement and military sectors.
DiskLabs said this was now being leveraged within the corporate and local authorities sectors.
Director Matt Jones said: "We studied the law enforcement sector and identified there was a need for the protection of evidence stored on mobile devices.
"A lot of digital material is capable of being wiped from the devices if they are not adequately shielded.
"The Faraday Bag stops any signal from getting through to the phone or other device, thereby preserving its content from outside interference, including wiping, tampering, locking, tracking and bugging.
"There is a much greater need these days for businesses to protect their data and we are finding a lot of interest in the corporate sector. We have been selling a lot to mining companies who operate in places such as Africa and China.
"Their representatives need to protect their devices from being hacked via Bluetooth so what we have been finding is that a lot of them will place their devices into a Faraday Bag before they enter a meeting to ensure data is protected."
MAS assisted the Staffordshire company with a re-design which has helped to improve the firm's manufacturing process.
It now only uses manufacturing companies in the UK whereas previously it was outsourcing to China and is aiming to produce between 7,000 and 8,000 bags during 2014.
MAS adviser Maxine Chapman said: "DiskLabs recognised the need to reconfigure and re-manufacture some of the key products in order to meet client needs so we helped it to achieve this.
"We shortened the supply chain by introducing the business to not just UK-based manufacturers but ones within the West Midlands, thereby drastically cutting its production costs in the process."
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