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Bath firm lands deal to supply parts for German Army vehicle

An historic Bath-based manufacturing company has won a multi-million pound follow-on contract to supply parts for the German Army’s Puma fighting vehicle.

Horstman, which was established in the city in 1913, has secured a new deal to continue providing it’s Hydrostruts suspension units to a consortium of German defence and engineering firms that makes the Puma.

The company, which itself is owned by German engineering firm RENK, has already delivered more than 4,000 Hydrostruts over a period of more than 10 years in support of the vehicle’s production.

The hydro-pneumatic suspension system is designed to reduce shock load on the armoured vehicle’s chassis and crew, while it is transporting troops and in combat.

Horstman, which as well as its base on Locksbrook Road in Bath has business units in the US and Canada, has a long history of providing mobility solutions for military vehicles used by the British Army, NATO and other worldwide forces.

In April, the company announced it had been subcontracted in a £12m deal to make 250 angular gearboxes and control units that will be used in the British Army’s eight-wheeled combat vehicle the Boxer.

Ian Pain, chief executive of Horstman Group, described the company’s latest contract as “excellent news”, adding that its team in Bath had worked hard to win it.

Mr Pain said: “[This contract] is also testament to the close and enduring defence ties between the UK and Germany, and shows our customer and RENK’s track-record in driving UK investment.

“This has also been in evidence on the UK Boxer programme – with current contracts already in place and more Boxer support and artillery variants being considered.”

Russel Blomfield, operations manager at Horstman Group, added: “After all the challenges of the last 18 months, this is great news for the operations team who produce the Hydrostruts.

“They work hard and take pride in a quality product. They now have a new output challenge, which they will take in their stride.”

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