Military and civilian protective equipment supplier Defense Industries International Inc has created a new subsidiary in South America to take advantage of its growing business in the region.

The firm says $650,000 in new orders have already been received from the South American market, with $1.5 million in follow-on business expected next quarter. 

The new 7,000-square-foot facility will house production and shipping of a range of Defense Industries' products, including body armour, bomb disposal suits and bullet proof vests and jackets.

Joseph Fostbinder, president of Defense Industries International Inc, said: "Our US public company status has given us the visibility to be recognised in the worldwide market place as a high quality innovative and competitively priced producer of protective equipment and supplies. We intend to expand our marketing effort, to Europe and the United States to meet worldwide demand."