A Midlands inventor has landed a European distributor deal after developing an anti-theft device for truck drivers.
Haulage security expert Protekdor has agreed to market Patrick McEnery's Trucklock in the UK and through its European network of resellers.
Mr McEnery developed Trucklock after he realised the freight industry was vulnerable to vehicle thefts, rather than just raids on a truck's contents.
Founder of a small welding business and HGV jet-wash system in Coventry, Mr McEnery met many truck drivers concerned about security.
"Drivers, especially sole traders with their own lorries, wanted a deterrent that was more visible than a immobiliser," he said.
Trucklock was developed as a solution to that problem. Produced in Mr McEnery's premises on the Bayton Road Industrial Estate, it is similar to the crook-lock for a car and fits to the steering wheel of a lorry.
It is made of heated treated steel that repels tools that may be used to try to cut through it.
Mr McEnery received help from Coventry-based innovation specialist Rowan to launch the new anti-theft device and negotiate the distributor deal.
Marketing director of Rowan, David Owen, said: "Trucklock fills a major gap in the market for anti-theft devices in the haulage industry.
"We have been able to help the company to gain a foothold in the market."