A manufacturer of specialist protective clothing for motorcyclists is aiming to triple global sales in the next 12 months after securing new financial backing.

Covec, which produces the Bull-It range of clothing designed specifically for leisure and professional motorcyclists, is set for a period of growth after partnering with Clydesdale Bank’s Emerging Technology Unit.

The Bull-It range, which includes jeans and jackets, is made of a technical textile created by Covec using fibres also used in Nasa’s Mars Rover expeditions, and is designed to withstand the abrasion and heat created when motorcyclists fall from their bikes.

With annual sales of around £1.2m, the management team at UK-based Covec is anticipating sales to reach £3m by the end of year.

The new financial backing will allow the business to invest in increased stock levels to meet growing demand, and develop new high performance products in partnership with a number of leading brands.

The clothing incorporates a thermotropic liquid crystal polymer and Covec is the only company in the world which applies the same technology to high performance clothing.

The company exports to more than 25 countries with particular demand in Australia, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

Covec was established in 2011 by former Speedway racer Keith Bloxsome. As well as the racing background, Keith has also worked in apparel and clothing retail.