Kan Teq – The Company
Kan Teq was founded by Wendy McCaughan from Killinchy in Co Down. Wendy, herself a rider, has a background in the fashion industry and has been involved in researching bullet proof materials. In the search for a more flexible and stronger material for body protectors Kan Teq looked at other high risk sports and identified Planet Knox who have been the market leaders of motorcycle body protection since 1981.
With Knox and Kan Teq there is a definite synergy that results in perhaps the most dynamic body protector available today.
From Wendy: “KanTeq was formed in 2005 when I saw an opportunity in the market to develop a body protector that incorporated advanced technology with the need to develop an equestrian body protector that was not bulky, uncomfortable , performance limiting and unflattering to the female form. I had worked as a design consultant for several large military bullet proof vest manufacturing companies to improve body armour and believed that this experience combined with my participation in equine sports gave me the knowledge to develop the KAN to the highest safety and comfort standard possible.
The resulting KAN vest out performs any other equestrian body protector in terms of fit, comfort and safety. It continues to gain recognition for this and we receive testimonials to say that it has even saved lives. “I could see what an exceptional safety product it was. I’m so glad I bought it. It turned out it saved my life”.
Also “The KAN body protector provided me with the highest level of protection possible. I strongly believe that if I hadn’t been wearing my KAN body protector I would now be in a wheelchair.”
Export and company growth
The KAN body protector was launched into the UK and Irish markets in January 2008. We also export our product to Europe,Canada and Australia and continue to make sales through equestrian retailers and direct to the public at International Horse Trials.
Geoff Travell is the Managing Director of Planet-Knox, the UK’s most established manufacturer of impact protectors for motorcyclists. He also sits on the European Committee for motorcycle protector standards.
For information on Planet Knox please visit www.planet-knox.com tel: 0044 (01900) 825825