Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
The Sherwood Group joins forces with KMD Company to support the fight against coronavirus, by investing into a new production line to make protective face coverings in the UK.
KMD Company relocated to Sherwood’s manufacturing site in Nottingham in 2018 to allow both businesses to offer a wider range of products and services, capitalising on their expertise and resources. The Group’s recent investment of £200,000 into a new, twin-stream face mask machinery was made in response to the country’s increasing demand for protective face coverings, allowing the Group to produce 250,000 items per week.
The machine was installed at their Nottingham facilities, which retained BRC ‘AA’ High Hygiene Category accreditation in October 2020, following a rigorous inspection in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The new offering includes high quality, 3ply single use face coverings, featuring non- woven, melt-blown material and 95% bacterial filtration. The face coverings are suitable to use by the general public, manufacturing staff and those working in non-healthcare settings.
The Group is making further investments into establishing the capabilities and skills required to manufacture the items at scale, whilst it is also working towards EN14683 standard and professional accreditation to manufacture type II medical grade face masks.
Richard Bacon, MD of the Sherwood Group commented: “As a Group, we pride ourselves on innovation, being proactive and our ability to quickly respond to market needs. We are delighted to be able to support the fight against Covid-19, producing high quality British made face coverings. It is so important for the country during this pandemic and I am proud of the team in getting this up and running”.
In addition, KMD Company have launched their own brand, personal protective equipment (PPE), smartshield, designed by the Group’s in-house Innovation team. The face shields are one-piece, single use and independently tested and certified to EU CE standard.
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November 2020, Nottingham
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