Calderdale’s A-SAFE company wins Queen’s Award for International Trade for third time


A-SAFE won the Queen’s Award in recognition of their work promoting workplace safety in the UK and around the world.

Founded in 1984, A-SAFE is today the world’s leading manufacturer of polymer safety barriers, bringing the first such solution to market in 2001. Made from a proprietary advanced polymer called MemaplexTM, the A-SAFE barriers are designed to flex and absorb impact forces from heavy vehicles, then reform to their original shape.

Winning a third Queen’s Award is a significant accolade for the company, a testament to A-SAFE’s growth and presence around the world. The company now operates 17 subsidiaries in Europe, America, Australia and the Middle East, providing its solutions to some of the world’s best-known brands.

A-SAFE headquarters in Elland.

Founded by Halifax man David Smith in the 1980s, sons James and Luke run the business today, leading innovation and business growth from a state-of-the-art headquarters just a mile from their home childhood in Elland. These facilities bring together recognized industry experts and millions of pounds of cutting-edge technology to manufacture truly revolutionary products that improve the safety of millions of workers around the world.

The products are used in many industries by the world’s largest blue-chip international companies; Coca-Cola, DHL, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, IBM, to name a few.

James Smith, co-owner and co-director of A-SAFE, said: “We are delighted to have won our third Queen’s Award, especially as it recognizes the work we do to promote workplace safety in the workplace. global scale. We’re a proud Halifax company with a global reach, so it’s fantastic to be recognized for our continued commitment to international trade.

“Our facilities in Halifax are truly among the best in the world, making the city an international center for research and development for the latest technologies in workplace safety. Our team is made up of experts from around the world, and as someone with such established roots in Halifax, it’s great to see all of this craftsmanship and innovation centered right here in Yorkshire.

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