MELKSHAM, England—Avon Rubber P.L.C. expects strong fourth quarter trading in its protection and defense division to raise group full-year adjusted operating profit ahead of current market expectations.
Main contributors to the expected improvement are defense orders from the English government and customers in the Middle East.
The firm said its dairy division trading has remained in line with market expectations in difficult trading conditions. It said its new cluster exchange service has been launched successfully in the key California market.
Avon Rubber's full year results will be announced on Nov. 20.
"This brings 2013 to a positive conclusion," said Peter Slabbert, chief executive. "A recently announced order for 52,000 C50 (respirators) and filters will allow us to continue that positive momentum into 2014."