Workwear clothing supplier Ballyclare has acquired Lion Apparel's UK protective clothing business from German workwear firm LHD Group, as part of wider efforts to grow the company.

Lion Apparel, which manufactures protective clothing and equipment for firefighters, was established in the UK 15 years ago by US-based Lion Apparel, before ownership was later transferred to LHD Group.

Commenting on the move, Ballyclare owner David Ross said: "This is an important move for Ballyclare. It consolidates our position as a leading provider of firefighter protection in the UK and gives us an excellent base to build a broader protective clothing business."

Ballyclare managing director Carlton Greener added: "Our objective will be to combine the best of both businesses to create a new and stronger Ballyclare".

Last March Ballyclare was bought by David Ross, a majority shareholder in its administration-hit parent company Cosalt Plc.