A Wiltshire packaging supplier has joined forces with an
engineering company from Gloucestershire to manufacture critical PPE for frontline
Group based in Cricklade and Salisbury designs and manufactures packaging for companies
across the globe. It is now working alongside Orthotropic Engineering to
create visors to protect those working with patients displaying symptoms of
Having crowd-funded over £8,000 to cover the cost of
materials, Orthotropic turned to GWP Group for manufacturing support including fabrication
of foam strips and corrugated boxes to ship the visors.
Ian Heskins, Business Development Director at GWP Group,
said, “When we were approached by Matthew at Orthotropic we were only too happy
to help. With the material costs covered by the crowdfunding, we were able to
provide the manufacturing expertise and capacity at no cost.
Matthew Dawson, Director at Orthotropic, added, “Two weeks
ago a friend of mine arrived for her shift at work. She is a locum doctor,
taking on extra shifts to help out as much as she can during the coronavirus
crisis. When she arrived the only PPE available to her was a pair of plastic
gloves. She is a friend, a wife, mother to two girls, a daughter and a sister,
and she was helping patients with Covid-19 without the correct equipment.
“We were genuinely blown away by the public response to our
fundraising as well as the rapid and generous response of suppliers such as GWP.”
The design for the visors has been uploaded to the Orthotropic website, making it freely
available for any manufacturing businesses to use to create more supplies.