The Welsh government has praised Alexandra Workwear for its COVID-19 response, after transforming its operations to meet unprecedented demand from frontline healthcare workers.
Alexandra has been working closely with the Welsh Government throughout the coronavirus crisis to co-ordinate international supply chain networks but also to source manufacturing capacity for scrubs and PPE in the Principality.
The company, already a Tier One Supplier to the NHS in Wales for medical gowns and uniforms has now been awarded Tier One status for PPE.
Alexandra initially stepped in to take on furloughed workers at Laura Ashley’s Texplan production capabilities in Newtown to produce around 5,000 scrub sets a week. It has since helped to co-ordinate a network of SMEs in Wales to ramp up domestic production levels to meet frontline demands across the country.
These include Neath-based outdoor survival wear company SURVIVA. After responding to an advert from the Welsh Government, SURVIVA has worked with clinicians at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, to redesign their protective gowns.
That design is now being manufactured for Alexandra and will be used in NHS hospitals across Wales.
The Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport Lee Waters said: “Ensuring our health and social care heroes have the essential equipment they need to do their jobs through the coronavirus pandemic has been an absolute priority.
“The work of companies like Alexandra and SURVIVA has been crucial to this, and I am delighted we have been able to proactively support the vision and innovation they have shown to adapt their operations so seamlessly through our Smart Innovation and Smart Cymru programmes.
“I would like to thank them and companies across Wales who have helped us secure jobs producing critical medical supplies previously imported from abroad back into the Welsh economy.
“There have been few positives to draw from the national crisis, but this work is certainly one.”
Rebecca Jones, global sales and commercial director, added: “We have been working with the Welsh Government not only to source scrubs and PPE from abroad but to support their initiative to promote the manufacturing of these items in Wales.
“It has been great to work with innovative and dynamic companies across Wales to ensure that quality products are being made and supplied into Welsh hospitals and healthcare settings.
“Being awarded Tier One Supplier status for PPE is brilliant news and a testament to the hard work and commitment of every member of the fantastic team we have at Alexandra.”