A Nottinghamshire company that manufactures parts for the automotive industry has adapted part of its factory to supply specialist PPE for frontline workers in response to the national shortage.
Interflex 2000 in Langar re-opened its site in May in accordance with government regulations, bringing back some of its furloughed workforce. Although the factory is still manufacturing vehicle components, the company has seen a reduction in demand since restrictions around COVID-19 were introduced. However, the requirement for PPE has soared across a range of settings from hospitals and care homes to supermarkets and offices.
The company is now making and supplying protective equipment including recyclable face shields suitable for healthcare staff as well as disposable masks, ear protectors and face visors.
Jim Griffin, MD at Interflex, said that the transition was relatively straightforward: “Inevitably it will take some time for the automotive manufacturing sector to recover from the enforced shut down so although we are still producing NVH components, we have also adapted part of our factory for the specific production of PPE. Fortunately, our staff have the necessary transferable skills and so it seemed a logical step.”
Jim added: “We already have orders going out to a range of organisations and have a healthy sales pipeline. We are particularly pleased to be able to offer recyclable face shields which offer high levels of protection in health and social care settings.”