October 24, 2020

Globus Group increases UK manufacturing capacity to boost critical PPE supply for the NHS

Leading UK PPE firm, Globus Group, is expanding its UK manufacturing capacity to meet demand for high performance PPE for the UK’s healthcare sector.

The company will be creating hundreds of new jobs thanks to multi-million-pound contracts to make high-performance FFP3 face masks for frontline NHS staff. The contract with Department for Health and Social Care follows a contract won by Globus Group company Alpha Solway for NHS Scotland.

This news comes in the wake of the DHSC’s announcement that increases in domestic PPE manufacture will mean that 70% of the UK’s expected demand for PPE will be manufactured in the UK. Since February 2020, more than 3.5 billion items of PPE have been distributed to frontline healthcare workers across the UK, and demand is expected to increase to cope with the second wave of COVID-19.

The contracts represent recognition of Globus’s 25-year heritage in PPE, its commitment to UK manufacturing and the high quality, performance and wearer acceptance levels of its products. Globus has almost three decades of experience in the manufacture and supply of disposable masks supporting worker safety across healthcare and a range of industrial sectors.

Globus Director, Steven Binnie, said: “For generations, we have protected UK workers exposed to respiratory hazards in the workplace. Our increased PPE manufacturing will enable dedicated frontline healthcare workers to do their jobs safely in the fight against COVID-19 as we move into this critical Winter period. This equipment will be produced through our Alpha Solway division at the new Warrington manufacturing facility which, in addition to our growing facilities in South West Scotland, will create several hundred new jobs.

He continued: “We have committed tens of millions of pounds in capital investment for enhancement and expansion of our UK manufacturing capabilities. This will ensure we provide a long-term, sustainable, ongoing supply of PPE to NHS professionals, as well as key industry workers. Our new production plants will have product rolling off the lines by the end of October. At full capacity, our UK facilities will be capable of annual production of 200 million FFP3 masks, 100 million FFP2 masks, 1 billion Type IIR medical masks, and 22 million visors.”

Globus Group has also been awarded a £50m+ PPE contract with NHS Scotland for Alpha Solway to produce FFP3 respirator and Type IIR masks, fulfilling 87% of Scotland’s health and social care needs. FFP3 masks offer the highest level of protection against fine particles, including viruses and bacteria.

Alpha Solway pivoted its manufacturing capability to bring production into the UK in early 2020 to combat supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19, and its Dumfriesshire factories have already expanded their capacity to meet the NHS Scotland order, creating 200 new jobs for the area.

Steven Binnie continues, “We welcome these important commitments from the governments in both London & Edinburgh to purchase critical PPE equipment from British manufacturers. They send a positive signal to businesses and give Globus Group the confidence to continue investing in British jobs, workmanship and innovation.