Molecular Products has become the first ever non-French company approved to supply oxygen systems for the French Navy submarine fleet.

Following the most rigorous qualification process ever undertaken, the company's recently developed EO2-30 oxygen generator has been specified for emergency use onboard French submarines.

For Molecular Products, a family-owned business with direct subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia, the contract award represents something of a double success for the company.

Having achieved preferred supplier status, the deal paves the way not only for Molecular Products to secure orders worth over £1m, but also to safeguard British jobs at its Essex manufacturing facility in the process.

The performance, safety and robustness of the EO2-30 generator under exacting shock, vibration and temperature challenges, are thought to have been key to the product's approval.

Established in 1924, Molecular Products is a world leader in life saving technology for medical, military and industrial applications. The group offers leading chemical technology for the purification of air, to preserve life and protect the environment.