Coventry manufacturer supplies NHS protective visors


In Summary

General | 6th April 2020
A Coventry-based FinditinCW member, has designed and produced a new protective face visor within a week, to help frontline workers in the NHS.

In Detail

Manufacturing firm, Kite Packaging will dispatch 10,000 units over the next seven days to frontline workers in local hospitals, with a planned weekly supply of 100,000.

The team of 12 engineers initially designed concepts for the visor and a prototype was tested by local medics at the beginning of April.

Gavin Ashe, Managing Partner of Kite, said: “Like many companies we wanted to help and realised that we had the capabilities in-house to design a face visor which would fit the requirements of the medics and workers who are on the front line of the fight against Coronavirus.

“Once our engineers had finalised the concept and we spoke to a range of companies in the industry, they have all responded magnificently.

“All of them realised the urgency of the requirement for protective ware and that we had the skills to turn around a product quickly.

“One of the suppliers is Staeger in Coventry while two of the others are based in the wider region. I know there is really good work going on across this area and that the tradition of design and engineering, which is so embedded in regional industry, is well suited to undertaking this sort of work.”

The company plans to distribute the masks directly to staff working for health trusts and organisations across the region and the UK.

So far, the visors which feature a foam forehead pad, have been ordered by a number of organisations including University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, Warwick Hospital (South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust) and Guys and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

The design fits all head sizes and allows for a medical mask to be worn underneath.