IOM3 honors Avon Rubber with Prince Philip Award

The C50 respirator mask from Avon.
The C50 respirator mask from Avon. | Courtesy of Avon Rubber
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) awarded its Prince Philip Award to Avon Rubber in November. 

The company received the award on Nov. 10. It was presented by Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip at the IOM3 location in London.

The award signifies achievement in the polymers industry and recognizes services to humanity in this area. The IOM3 issues the award every two years. Avon, in particular, is recognized for its development and manufacturing of respiratory protection equipment for approximately 100 years.

“It is a real achievement for Avon to be recognized by the prince and the institute for its contribution to society and to see the award go to a wholly U.K.-owned company,” Martyn Bennett, who accepted the award on behalf of the company, said. “Personally, it is an honor to be allowed to collect it on the company’s behalf from the duke himself.”

The company began its production of respirators and gas masks around the time that chemical weapons were introduced in the First World War. Its products have been used since World War II in military and civil activity.

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