A Staffordshire machinery specialist has landed a deal to help a Canadian shipping giant repel pirate attacks.
Trentham-based Mirage is supplying remote controls for Expedo Shipping Corporation, which will be used on its New Century tanker to operate powerful water cannons to fight off raiders.
Directors at Mirage, which specialises in hi-tech equipment for vehicle production lines, are hoping the deal can help them branch out into the potentially lucrative shipping market.
Managing director Nick Mountford said: “We predominantly focus on the automotive sector at the moment, but we’re venturing out into other forms of lean manufacturing systems.
“Anti-piracy solutions for shipping firms is a growth area and we’re hoping in the future to be able to buy in the cannons, so we’re able to do a turnkey solution for other clients.”
Mirage, which has nine staff, began in a garage in Stockton Brook but moved to Trentham Trade Park last year after a £70,000 grant from regional development agency Advantage West Midlands.