Manroy Engineering is claiming to have a record number of orders ‘in the pipeline’ or under negotiation in December.
The East Sussex based maker of machine guns and other weapons saw its projected business fall when the UK government cut back the number of autocratic regimes it was willing to green light for export permits, following the ‘Arab Spring’ . The government was embarrassed when it was learned that UK arms companies like General Dynamics and Manroy Engineering were negotiating with the Gaddafi regime prior to the Libyan revolution, with the encouragement of the UK government. Government officials promoting arms sales to the Libyan dictator included diplomatic staff, and top military brass.
50 British arms manufacturers had attended the Libdex arms fair, held at the Tripoli airport in late 2010. While fair was promoted as a ‘safety and security’ trade fair, a large part of the exhibition was for weaponry.
Recently the government has shown signs of relaxing its prohibition on sales of weapons to certain authoritarian regimes, which bodes well for the arms companies.