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A Coventry company has taken just a week to devise, design and supply a new protective face visor for the NHS, with 10,000 units dispatched within seven days.

Kite Packaging used its team of 12 engineers to design concepts for the visor and a prototype was tested locally by medics last weekend to allow production to start as soon as possible.

An initial batch will reach front line medical staff at the beginning of April 2020. Kite is confident that they can produce 100,000 of the masks a week and will be able to supply them directly to help speed up supply to staff working for health trusts and organisations across the region and the UK.

Gavin Ashe, Managing Partner of Kite (pictured), said: “Like many companies we wanted to help and realised that we had the capabilities inhouse 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.”

The visors feature a foam forehead pad which allows them to fit all head sizes, and they allow for a medical mask to be worn underneath. They are supplied in kit form for medical staff to put them together at the point of use which minimises packaging and speeds up distribution.

Managing Director of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Growth Hub, Craig Humphrey, said the speed of response underlined the engineering and manufacturing expertise of the area:

“Kite and their suppliers have been superb in their desire to help, the speed of their response, technical expertise and also their level of co-operation. There are companies across our area responding in similar ways and they all deserve massive credit.”




Susie Haywood
Article by Susie Haywood
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