Chesterfield manufacturer switches production to bespoke face shields

In less than three days, Chesterfield manufacturer, Specialised Canvas has designed, prototyped and produced a new face guard to support frontline medical staff.

The company’s prompt response came following a request from a care home.

Specialised Canvas, which has a 25,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Staveley, Derbyshire, has a track record of producing other products for the healthcare sector, including isolators, but it is the first time it has created face shields.

Despite having closed its doors on Wednesday 25th March following the lockdown announcement, the company had designed, prototyped and delivered the face shields to the client by the Friday afternoon, having only received the enquiry on the Thursday.

Sam Bramah, Director at Specialised Canvas said: “We’ve gone from closing our doors last week and not knowing when we might open them again, to manufacturing an entirely new product into a new market in a matter of days, which really is testament to the great team we have working here.

“Thanks to our facilities, infrastructure and skilled team we are fortunate to be in a position to support the nation’s key workers in these unprecedented times and play our small part in the ongoing battle.”

Specialised Canvas has created plans to produce up to a 1,000 units a day, whilst practising social distancing and adhering to all government guidelines. Orders are already being distributed to care homes, social workers, nurses, GPs and supermarkets.