Toye Kenning & Spencer, manufacturer of military identity products for over 320 years, is exhibiting ground-breaking infrared badges at HOSDB 2010 and DSEi 2011.

Developed in partnership with Master Technologies Ltd in collaboration with The University of Bradford using patented technologies, the innovative new badges are manufactured using infrared yarn. This means they are more robust and resistant to damage caused by wear and washing than is the case with existing badges where the infrared properties are merely printed on top. The development of the yarn in this way is the result of research built on the technology behind the security systems associated with high level international securities as the yarn is manufactured. A world-wide patent is currently pending on the manufacturing process.

Clive Lunn, former naval commander and director of international and military sales at Toye Kenning & Spencer said: “The ability to be seen and identified at night is crucial to our armed forces and so infrared technology is vital”

“Working with Master Technologies Ltd and Bradford University we have spent a great deal time developing this innovative approach and are delighted to be introducing it to the industry at HOSDB.”

Toye Kenning & Spencer is an approved Ministry of Defence (AQAP 4 Standard) supplier and holds a Royal Warrant to HM The Queen.

The company supplies specialist ribbon in significant quantities to military organisations in the USA, Canada and Australia. It also supplies a number of countries in the Gulf region and is currently developing turn-key uniform solutions for the armed forces of two overseas governments. It works with blue chip UK charities associated with the British defence forces, designing, manufacturing and helping to market their gift range.