Sunday, December 5, 2021

Midlands PPE firm’s supply chain pledge

A leading PPE manufacturer in the UK is sending out a message of reassurance following reports about supply chain difficulties affecting other industries.

Medicom has developed a factory in Northampton to make more than half a billion medical masks for the NHS through a government contract. The company says its secure supply chain and the reliability of its production process are crucial at a time when the arrival of so many imported goods is being badly disrupted.

Medicom has deliberately sourced UK-made materials to make its masks. Material for the filters is produced in South Wales by Berry Global, which specifically opened its plant in Aberdare as part of Medicom’s deal to supply the NHS.

Medicom’s Managing Director in the UK, Hugues Bourgeois, said his company was proud to supply high-quality masks for the NHS, avoiding the reliance on imports.

“Having a robust local supply chain for this vital equipment is paramount,” he said. “That’s why it’s been so important for us to work closely with Berry Global.

“It’s understandable that some people are concerned when they hear about the challenges that various industries are facing at the moment in relation to receiving supplies of goods.

“Our secure UK supply chain means there are no such issues when it comes to making the best possible PPE for the NHS. We can reassure front-line workers that our products are there for them, when they need them.”

Medicom’s FFP3 respiratory masks are made under the internationally renowned Kolmi brand and offer a high level of protection from aerosol generated infection. They have been specially created for use by NHS frontline workers.

Feedback from users has shown the masks are lightweight and comfortable, while remaining breathable and protective over extended periods of time.

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