Salisbury manufacturer wins contract to help produce face visors for NHS

By Anita Jaynes on 10 July, 2020

Foam packaging experts GWP Protective have won a contract to assist in the manufacture of face visors for supply into the NHS.

The firm, based in Salisbury, is teaming up with one of its existing customers to supply a total of 5.5 million visors over the next 26 weeks.

Richard Coombes, General Manager at GWP Protective, said, “When we were approached about manufacturing the foam elements of the face visors, we knew this was a great opportunity to help the NHS in their fight against Coronavirus.

We have been supporting a number of customers that operate in critical industries such as medical, health care and pharmaceutical throughout the pandemic. Manufacturing the visors has meant we are now considerably busier than we would have anticipated at this point.”

The company, which used to be known as Eastman Packaging before rebranding as GWP Protective, has already supplied around half a million cut foam pads and is also supplying various foam sheets. 

Although GWP typically produces foam inserts for protective packaging products, this isn’t the first time they have been involved in the manufacture of face visors for health care workers.

Back in April, at the height of the outbreak, they worked with Gloucester based engineering business Orthotropic to produce and then donate more than 500 visors to local health care workers.

Ruth Cook, Managing Director of the GWP Group, added, “We’d already had experience of producing visors so knew straight away our expertise and manufacturing capability would be perfect for producing the foam parts for these.

“We’ve had the opportunity to assist in a number of areas that we wouldn’t normally be involved with during the pandemic, including these visors and also manufacturing safety screens to allow employees to return to work in specific industries. 

We are proud that we have been able to play a small part in the fight against the virus, whilst maintaining the highest levels of service for our customers too.”

GWP Group, of which GWP Protective is one of five divisions, employs more than 100 people across its two Wiltshire sites in Salisbury and Cricklade, manufacturing a wide range of packaging products. They are celebrating a landmark thirty years in business next month, having begun trading in August 1990.

Pictured above: Foam being converted at GWP Protective.