The UK Automotive industry initiative, Mission Automotive, gathers pace as founding member Alcon Components sign the Armed Forces Covenant
Internationally acclaimed brake company and Mission Automotive founder partner, Alcon Components Ltd, took the opportunity presented by their presence at Goodwood Festival of Speed to sign the British Armed Forces Covenant on their stand. In doing so, Alcon have undertaken to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and to support the community it represents. It gives formal recognition to the value that serving personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to society and to the country.
The Armed Forces representative at the signing, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Coton, Commanding Officer of 16 Regiment Royal Artillery said: “The Armed Forces Covenant relies on those people, communities, and British businesses to actively support it in making a difference. So, the commitments made today formally enshrine what we know Alcon have already done for many years and are doing every day – to support the employment of service leavers and reservists in your workforce, their spouses and families, the wounded, injured and sick. I thank you whole-heartedly for these commitments.”
Alistair Fergusson, Group Managing Director at Alcon said: “We’re honoured to have been invited to sign the Armed Forces Covenant today and to take our first steps as part of the Mission Automotive initiative. We’re committed to supporting the Armed Forces communities in any way we can. We recognise the considerable talent on offer as people leave the Armed Forces and the contribution they can make to a business environment such as ours, post-service”. He added: “Aside from our core motorsport business, Alcon has been solving braking problems in the defence and security sectors for over 10 years. We’re now the preferred supplier of bespoke performance braking systems to several major global defence vehicle manufacturers, helping to save lives across the world”.
James Cameron, CEO of Mission Motorsport said: “Alcon are an accomplished and innovative company whose products have international impact in motorsport, in automotive and in other areas where their name is less well known – including military applications. They have for many years been staunch supporters of Service causes, looking to make a difference through their work to help those whose lives have been impacted by military service. A leader in their industry, their engagement in the wider Mission Automotive initiative, encouraging others to follow in their footsteps forms powerful advocacy and is to be highly commended.”