Manufacturers shift production to PPE to support frontline workers


Two leading manufacturers have adapted their processes to producing PPE equipment for health and social care staff.

Food packaging manufacturer, Rapid Action Packaging (RAP), has produced one million face shields, of which the first 65,000 have been earmarked for free distribution to care homes in the UK and Ireland, while Australian automotive specialist, EGR, is producing up to 100,000 face shields per day.

Graham Williams, CEO of RAP, said: “We have always been extremely proud of our simple and clever packaging solutions. But we are even prouder of our innovative and intuitive team who have worked so hard over the last couple of weeks to develop this face shield. Not only does it conform to the EU Regulation 2016:425 Category 1 technical PPE specifications, but it is also economical to purchase – such is our desire to help fulfil a much-needed solution at this time.”

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The RAP Face Shield provides a barrier for the user against airborne moisture and spray, which is emitted during coughing and sneezing by people with the virus. The material used in the shield’s construction is a high barrier protective film, commonly used in the packaging industry to protect food against bacteria, virus and other harmful pathogens.

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Meanwhile, rigid polymer sheeting manufacturer, EGR, which has a UK base in Milton Keynes, is increasing its PPE capacity to more than 100,000 protective face shields per day.

The products are currently being manufactured at EGR’s facility in Brisbane in line with European Standards and can be shipped to the UK within 48 hours.

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