D3O announces opening of its new 28,000 sq/ft global HQ, The Lab

D3O, the UK-based developer of smart materials specialising in impact protection and shock absorption, today announced the opening of its 28,000 sq/ft global HQ in Croydon called The Lab.

The Lab: D3O global HQ in Croydon
The new HQ marks an exciting phase in D3O’s journey as we advance D3O’s in-house technical capabilities in the lab and expand the D3O team.
Stuart Sawyer
D3O CEO

D3O, the UK-based developer of smart materials specialising in impact protection and shock absorption, today announced the opening of its 28,000 sq/ft global HQ in Croydon called The Lab.



The high-growth company, which has achieved 400% growth in the last 4 years and received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for export, was awarded £13m in growth capital funding in April 2015 from new investor Beringea (UK and USA) and existing investor Entrepreneur’s Fund to support the further expansion of the Company’s impact protection products and international market growth.

The funds have enabled D3O to invest significantly in a state-of-the-art global HQ with a dedicated innovation, development and testing centre, which will remain the global knowledge hub of the company for D3O to continue to develop innovative product and material solutions for its global customer base. Further investment is being made into plant and machinery and the large new office will allow space for D3O to expand its growing team of highly skilled chemists, engineers and designers at The Lab.



D3O has a unique patented technology used to make a soft, flexible and distinctive orange-coloured material with high shock absorbing properties that is used in impact protection products. The D3O technology is licensed to the company’s global customer base in footwear, electronics, sport, motorcycle, industrial work-wear and military and law enforcement markets. Recent D3O developments include protective solutions for American Football including flexible, low profile body protection with leading sports brand Under Armour, helmet liner systems designed to reduce brain trauma for sports and the military and safety gloves for workers in the oil and gas industry.

The Company delivered revenues of c. £10 million in 2014, marking the second consecutive annual increase of 50%. Over 90% of D3O revenues are export, with 40% of sales in the US.

D3O CEO, Stuart Sawyer says;

“Innovation lies at the core of our company which enables us to challenge and lead the market with new impact protection solutions. The new HQ marks an exciting phase in D3O’s journey as we advance D3O’s in-house technical capabilities in the lab and expand the D3O team as we recruit new designers, engineers and chemists.”


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