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Thursday, July 11, 2019 

International safety company IC Brindle & Co has signed a distribution deal for a new New Zealand-manufactured safety product in the UK and further afield.

The Line Launcher by Kiwi Rescue can propel a high-vis safety line and flotation pod 80m with one powerful launch.

Ian Brindle of IC Brindle said: “This is a unique and refreshing new product on the market – a clever product that is almost entirely reusable with easily replaceable CO2 cartridges. It fills a real niche in the market.”

The Line Launcher is claimed to be the only product of its kind to use a 16g CO2 cylinder which is cost effective and easy to replace, whereas its counterparts that use pyrotechnics to propel the line can be expensive, difficult to replace and some applications are single use.

Line Launcher can be used in rescue situations where combustible equipment is banned for use in hazardous environments. Designed for ease of operation in extreme weather conditions and where making a line connection between two parties is required, including ship to ship transfer, ship to shore, man overboard and ocean lifesaving, Line Launcher has additional land-based applications including crossing gaps, rivers, floods and construction.

It is manufactured by one of New Zealand's leading line makers and is made from 2.5mm polypropylene, which will float. It has a breaking strain of 80kg, and can, when necessary, be used as a pilot to attach to a heavier line when more strength is required, or replaced with a stronger line.

Ian Brindle said: “The Line Launcher was the brainchild of an operator of the rescue hovercraft at Auckland airport that has a flight path directly over water and mud. Regular line launchers used pyrotechnics to propel which could be unsafe in situations where non-combustible equipment is required.”

Following proof of concept trials project development was continued by a new company Kiwi Rescue Ltd headed by New Zealander Gerald Davies. He and his business partner and composite moulding expert Bruce Holt continued development to bring the Launcher to market.

Davies said: “We are delighted that I C Brindle Ltd will be distributing the Launcher in the UK and beyond.”

IC Brindle is currently looking for dealers to come on board to supply the product

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