Companies across the printwear and promotional sector have turned their hand to manufacturing face masks and other personal protective equipment to help in the global fight against COVID-19.
Here are just a few examples of what companies are doing around the world to help:
- Over in the States, Fruit of the Loom and Bella Canvas have started to manufacture protective masks for healthcare professionals working on the front line. In a video released online, Bella Canvas stated that it was capable of manufacturing 100 million masks weekly at its production facility in Los Angeles, using human touch-free production.
- Gildan Activewear has received permission from the Honduran government to partially reopen one of its textile facilities to produce the fabric needed for non-medical face masks and isolation gowns. The company will also open one of its sewing facilities in Honduras for the assembly of the products.
- Leamington Spa-based Gravograph has enlisted the help of its network and customer base to make NHS-approved face masks. Laser users can contact Gravograph to receive practical information, such as DXF cut files to produce the masks. If your laser is currently sitting idle, get in touch to find out how you can help.
- Kingly has set up its Sofia production line to provide anti-bacterial and hygiene packs for medical staff in Europe, starting off with Spanish hospitals, which have been among the most stretched. It will also be targeting hospitals in Italy, Bulgaria and the UK. The packs contain essential hygiene products to keep healthcare workers safe throughout the day.
Over in Germany, Brother employees have started producing fabric face masks. The staff at the headquarters in Emmerich will produce as many masks as possible before passing them on to social institutions free of charge.
- Golden Finishes has seen high demand of its printed armbands for the Ambulance Services, Police and Health Services. These are manufactured at the company’s facility in Caerphilly.
- Grahame Gardner and Behrens have seen an increase demand for their medical scrubs, while companies such as Tibard and First Corporate Clothing, not known for their medical uniforms, have now started to manufacture scrubs for the NHS.
There are many more examples of stories like this across the industry, you don’t have to look far to find them. Many companies are selflessly helping those in need in this unprecedented global fight against coronavirus. Afterall, we are all in this together.