Why is PPE not materialising? The UK have the materials, so let’s look to our homegrown resources
Gardiner Graphics Group, the UK’s largest independent conversion facility within the lamination and print industry, re-purposes its resources into the manufacturing of emergency single use visors.
CEO Tom Powell commented “with such a vast stock of PET (polyester) right here in the UK and the machinery suited to the job, we recognised the increasing demand for PPE items and wanted to help. With a natural downturn in activity within our sector due to government guidance, we wanted to make sure that our Portsmouth manufacturing facility kept moving. To have all the materials and equipment to repurpose into a much-needed item seemed the right thing to do.”
Gardiner Graphics Group are manufacturing up to 20’000 units per day, with the capacity to increase that on demand.
They are also offering the flat sheets of prepared PET to other UK manufacturers looking to apply their own designs.
The latest move from the Portsmouth innovator is a ‘DIY’ assembly kit. The components of the visor are delivered to the front-line worker or supplier where the visor can be put together within moments, using the easy-to-follow instructions or by following the video tutorial. The DIY option saves up to 60% of the production time meaning more PPE where it is needed the most.
Managing Director Will Duggins said of the available options “it doesn’t seem fair that the British public are led to believe PPE is not available, nor that our UK industry is unable to step up to the demand where needed. Our business has the stock, it has the solutions, it has the capacity. The DIY package has been introduced because our manufacturing capacity far outweighs our assembly capacity. We urgently appeal in these hard times, to other UK manufacturers with assembly expertise, who through collaboration can help us achieve the true potential”.
The company urge any known contacts that may benefit from these items to get in touch.