British based D3O expands US footprint with D3O LLC and new appointments

D3O is pleased to announce that it has expanded its presence in North America with the establishment of a US legal entity, D3O LLC, headquartered in Detroit.

“Rodney’s background is exactly what we need at this stage of our growth within the industrial PPE sector.”
Bill VanMullekom,
D3O LLC Senior Vice President

D3O is pleased to announce that it has expanded its presence in North America with the establishment of a US legal entity, D3O LLC, headquartered in Detroit. The company has appointed Bill VanMullekom, who joined the business 12 months ago after 21 years at DuPont, as Senior Vice President to drive the company’s growth in the US market.

New hire Rodney Taylor joins as Sales and Marketing Manager to lead D3O’s Industrial Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) business. Rodney (MSc Mechanical Engineering, MBA) brings a wealth of experience from his 20+ year tenure with DuPont, where he oversaw the North American industrial glove channel. Protective gloves for industrial workwear applications are a key growth category for D3O, and the company has developed a range of back-of-hand protective components and palm padding for Oil and Gas, Construction and Tactical use.

This latest hire bolsters D3O’s US business development team across its 5 vertical markets including Sports, Industrial PPE, Motorcycle, Defence, and Electronics. Revenue from US customers accounts for 60% of D3O’s exports which has grown from 38% in 4 years.

Senior Vice President, Bill VanMullekom said:
Rodney’s background is exactly what we need at this stage of our growth within the industrial PPE sector.

D3O is a portfolio company of the U.S. growth capital firm Beringea. Over 90% of the company’s revenues are export, with 60% of sales in the US, for which the company received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade in 2014. The establishment of the US legal entity, D3O LLC underscores its continued growth in the US, a long-term commitment to servicing the US DoD space to provide world-beating protection to warfighters as well as high performance PPE to industrial workers.



D3O’s global HQ and innovation centre is located in South London, UK with R&D and testing labs for new material and product developments. The company has expanded its portfolio of materials from one formulation in 2010 to over 25 materials today. The patented technology is already used by customers including sports brands Schutt Sports, Under Armour, and Reebok CCM, and also in non-sports applications such as Law Enforcement Tactical and Industrial by 3M, 5.11, and RPS. Most recently, D3O® technology has been used to develop a range of performance sports insoles with partner brand ENERTOR, worn and endorsed by Usain Bolt, offering 44% shock absorption to reduce injury when running.

D3O also announced a long-term strategic partnership with DuPont to co-develop a new material which will target the industrial, workwear and electronics’ markets. The material, D3O® powered by DuPont™ Hytrel®, incorporates both smart and durable material properties and further expands D3O® thermoplastics capabilities.

To understand more about D3O’s strategic partnership with DuPont, please read the featured article here.

To learn more about D3O’s activity in the Industrial PPE sector, please click here.

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