This Hull business manufactures limited-life protective clothing to safeguard users against hazardous substances ranging from paint and oil to asbestos, viruses and toxic chemicals. Selling primarily to the petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries, managing director Graham Stonehouse started exporting to mainland Europe in 2004. Microgard now sells its products to more than 40 countries. In 2005 the company opened a 170,000 sq ft manufacturing plant in China. The firm’s international sales have increased by 51% a year, from an annualised £3.9m in 2007 to £9m in 2009.
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