Wescom Defence is a trusted global producer of pyrotechnics to the defence industry. Part of Wescom Group, headquartered in Draycott, Derby, our unrivalled reputation for technical innovation, expertise and reliability has been cemented by more than 100 years’ experience and is built on strong customer foundations. Whether you are a long-standing or new client, our aim is to develop a long-term relationship and provide you with an unmatched, bespoke service.

We design, manufacture and supply high-quality Class 1.1-1.4 energetic material and pyrotechnics at our facilities in UK, Germany and Spain having a combined area of 293,000m2. For more than 5 decades, we have provided the expertise, reliability and collaboration that our customers know and trust and we will continue in our pursuit of excellence.

In 2021, we acquired PW Defence to expand our defence product portfolio, international sales network and benefit from new manufacturing and testing facilities. Our range now boasts more than 200 products and we manufacture more than 3 million pyrotechnic products a year.


Unrivalled service

Our reputation is built on long-standing collaborations with our customers. You are at the core of everything we do and we aim to build a relationship that lasts by delivering a product and service tailored to your individual requirements.

Unmatched expertise

Our leading chemists, designers, energetic material scientists and industrial engineers work to create an extensive range of technologically advanced explosive and pyrotechnic products and payloads. Safety, quality, performance and reliability are paramount.

Security of supply

Providing assurance and a rapid response to your needs.


Wescom Defence is a consolidation of expertise and heritage. Originally Comet, founded in Bremerhaven, Germany in the 1930s and PW Defence formerly Haley and Weller, established in 1949 in the UK near Derby. Both specialised in a broad spectrum of pyrotechnic products and services and together this expertise continues to drive customer satisfaction as it has always done.

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Our expertise covers four key areas:

Signalling and screening

Our products enable effective and reliable battlefield communication for the location and extraction of combat forces in challenging operating environments, including vehicle defensive aids.

Training and simulation

We maximise combat force readiness and effectiveness by creating immersive sensory training  in a safe, realistic battlefield training simulated environment.

Man-portable obstacle breaching

We clear the way ahead, facilitating effective, portable pathway clearance solutions for expeditionary forces and special operations.

Security and civil defence

We provide crowd control and anti-terrorism products and services.


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David Griffiths

David Griffiths

Vice President Defence Sales

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Holger Mugge

Holger Mügge

Director Business Development & Sales

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Amit Singh

Amit Singh

Sales Director

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Francis Hunt

Frances Hunt

Sales Manager

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Joshua Carlisle

Sales Manager

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Scott Wilson

Head of Sales

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Armed Forces Covenant

Wescom Defence are proud to have been awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award.

The Armed Forces Employer Recognition scheme awards are in place to award those organisations that go the extra mile for the military community, either as employees or through corporate social responsibility and community work.

Wescom Defence achieve Gold Armed Forces Covenant