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Manroy is an arms company with a manufacturing plant in Beckley, East Sussex, and a head office in Essex.
Manroy has added two companies that enable it to expand its range of weapons. One is Kent based RJL Engineering Services and the other is Base Enamellers, of Erith, Kent. Base Enamellers claims to have approvals for most major defence contractors, so is already an arms company. 50% of its income previously was from Manroy. Manager of the new Base (Manroy) enterprise will be Damon Batstone, once a manager at Thales, in Crawley.
The purpose is claimed to be to bring manufacturing of components in house for Manroy, and to reduce costs. It is also a move toward expanding its product range into ‘general purpose’ machine guns.
Manroy has begun a programme of expansion in recent years. Manroy recently attempted to sell arms to Libya’s Colonel Qaddafi. At least one Manroy principal defended the attempt to sell weapons to the late Libyan dictator, claiming that Libya was at the time a favoured regime with the UK government.
Manroy is engaging ‘revenue professionals‘ to promote its business in North and South America, Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Far East, however their Annual Report for 2012 does not specify who these ‘revenue professionals’ might be.
William Hague, the UK Foreign Secretary, has once again denied that the UK arms trade policy is deeply flawed. This is despite the fact that Britain’s ministry officials was actively promoting industry arms sales to the Qaddafi only days before Britain interfered allegedly in support of the democracy movement.
As well, the government has a long history of allowing, even supporting, arms sales to the Saudi dictatorship.
Liam Fox, the discredited UK Secretary of Defence, was a strong proponent of arms sales.
Peace activists in Hastings satirised the ‘blood washing’ activities of a local arms company with some street theatre. Hastings is on England’s south coast.
The arms company they mocked was General Dynamics UK, a branch of the giant General Dynamics arms company, which has a three facilities in Hastings. General Dynamics is one of the largest arms companies in the world. (See overview here). General Dynamics UK was recently embarassed in the public sphere by its sales of military communications equipment to the Qaddafi regime immediately prior to the UK intervention in Libya. (The UK intervened to protect Libyan civilians from being slaughtered by the military of that very regime). The Independent newspaper documented the involvement of General Dynamics, and its government enablers, with the Libyan regime in this article.
The activists held a mock ‘triathalon’ complete with costumes and athletic contests and moved between the three Hastings facilities occupied by General Dynamics. The protest drew attention to General Dynamic’s community involvement programme, which includes sponsoring the Hastings Half Marathon. General Dynamics has a variety of community involvements in Hastings also including supporting the Half Marathon and the local bonfire society. (Editor-this is really a ‘bloodwashing’ activity. See earlier discussions of this practise elsewhere in the blog).
General Dynamics community programmes serve to divert attention away from the real nature of General Dynamics products, which is to conduct warfare. And warfare on a grand scale, since one of General Dynamic’s products is the Trident submarine, each one capable of razing many cities.
In a demonstration earlier in the month, Hastings activists picketed the Castleham Road facility of General Dynamics as part of the national protests against the arms trade. The Hastings Observer quoted a company official as claiming ‘we are not in the arms trade’ (although it is hard to imagine that military communications equipment can not be described as ‘arms’).
(photos to follow)