Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Manufacturer reaffirms commitment to the UK after opening Northampton medical masks factory

PPE producer Medicom has reaffirmed its commitment to the UK by joining the organisation representing the country’s top manufacturers.

The Canadian-based group has become a member of Make UK, after setting up a factory in Northampton to manufacture medical masks for the NHS – creating around 250 new jobs.

Medicom’s UK Managing Director, Hugues Bourgeois, said: “We’re proud to be helping to protect front-line NHS staff. Setting up a new manufacturing facility is a big commitment to the UK, and we’ve joined Make UK because we want to be active members of the UK manufacturing community.”

The UK is the world’s ninth largest manufacturing nation and more than half of all the country’s exports come from that sector. Make UK represents 22,000 manufacturers, from Formula 1 racing teams and aerospace companies to small family businesses.

Charlotte Horobin, Midlands and East of England Director for Make UK, said: “Our role is to champion manufacturing. We know that strong manufacturing in a local place means long-term investment and jobs. That’s why Medicom’s move into the UK is such good news and we’re very happy to welcome them as Make UK members.”

Medicom has been contracted by the UK government to provide more than 600 million clinical masks for the NHS, under its Kolmi brand.

The new Northampton factory features a clean room covering more than 20,000 square feet, where two types of mask are made in carefully controlled conditions. The plant is producing more than 1.5 million masks a day, to help the NHS combat Covid.

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