D3O, a shock-absorbing technology developed by British engineer Richard Palmer in 1999, is used in protective gear worn by the French police and American football players. The Brighton company is led by chief executive Stuart Sawyer, 52, and its exports were £7.5m last year.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank87
CompanyD3O
ActivitySmart materials developer
LocationBrighton
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa37.09
International sales £000s*7,479
Total sales £000s*9,133
Staff60
Founded1999
Websitewww.d3o.com

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