Coronavirus – time for manufacturers to diversify?

Published by Rodney Sutton on 24 April 2020

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With the threat of Coronavirus many manufacturers across the UK are taking it upon themselves to diversify their production and provide support to front line staff and the medical sector.

This diversification is providing companies the ability to continue their trade, retain staff and make a difference in the fight against Coronavirus.

There are many good news stories in the media, with manufacturers normally providing solutions for unrelated sectors, such as motor, aerospace or appliance becoming a key source for medical supplies.

As a manufacturer, if you are able to perform injection moulding, have 3D printing capabilities, sewing facilities, are able to work with metal, or chemicals you may be able to assist.

There are a number of items currently being manufactured by companies that historically don’t work in this sector, such as ventilators, masks, visors, gowns, medical trolleys, IV stands, sanitiser, et cetera.  We have seen many of our clients diversifying and adapting to current circumstances and demands.

The government has set up a website where businesses are able to offer assistance for various support functions, including manufacturing.  There is a brief survey, whereby you provide details of what expertise you are able to offer, the region you are located in, company name and number and approximate number of employees.  This survey can be found here.

There is also an NHS Supply Chain page, which can be found here and response form here, whereby you can offer to supply required PPE to the NHS.  This includes the following items:

  • Aprons
  • Body Bags
  • Clinical Waste Bags
  • Eye Protection (glasses and face shields), Face Mask II, Face Masks IIR
  • Respirators FFP2, Respirators FFP3
  • Fit Test (Solutions) for masks Fit Test (Full Kits) for masks
  • General Purpose Detergent
  • Gloves (Exam only NOT surgeons)
  • Gowns
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Swabs
  • Covid19 Testing Kits
  • Extraordinary items or services specific to Coronavirus response; e.g. temporary buildings, staff

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