Dorset

Boeing net contract worth $45m for Dorset-based AmSafe

A safety equipment company in Dorset has secured a US contract with Boeing worth $45m (£28.7m) to design and make barrier nets for its aircraft.

AmSafe, in Bridport, will manufacture the nets for the new Boeing KC-46A refuelling tanker, used by the US Air Force.

The tankers are used to refuel other planes mid-flight.

The nets, designed to restrain cargo up to 300 tonnes, are based on similar technology to seat belts.

This contract is a new venture for the Bridport site and will ensure job security for its 150 members of staff.

'Many years'

Neal McKeever, the general manager, said: "It's really important for us.

"It will result in sustaining work here on the Bridport site for many, many years to come."

Bridport has an 800-year history of rope and net making.

Nikki Zaiger, a production operative at the company, said: "It's nice to know that lots of people have a job for the future."

AmSafe will make hundreds of these safety nets over the next few years.

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