Acoustic and thermal insulation specialist delivers millions of PPE items

A Warwickshire firm which designs, manufactures and supplies acoustic and thermal insulation has manufactured and supplied millions of PPE items, including nearly 200,000 face masks and millions of parts for visors to customers over the last four months after securing a £3.05m finance package.

Based in Rugby, Autins Group is a specialist in engineering and advanced manufacturing for the automotive sector. The group has built a reputation for heat and sound solutions with global clients including BMW Mini, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover.

Part of Autins’ success is its own self-manufactured nonwoven, microfibre material ‘Neptune’, which is suitable for a wide range of applications where acoustic absorption, thermal protection or filtration is required.

In response to Covid-19, the business has adapted this lightweight, high-performance material in order to manufacture and supply face masks and parts for visors over the last four months to customers across the UK.

The majority of the funding from HSBC UK, through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), has supported Autins’ on-going production as well as support its future cashflow as a result of the pandemic.

Gareth Kaminski-Cook, CEO of Autins Group, said: “We felt a corporate and social responsibility to use our strong self-manufacture and design capabilities to produce our own PPE. Thanks to the support from our relationship director at HSBC UK, Dave Arthur, we have secured funding which will enable us to continue supplying our customers and successfully adapt our business to continue with self-manufacture and supply of much needed face masks and visors.

This support will really help Autins to continue supplying its customers and continue delivering its growth strategy.”

Suzy Verma, HSBC UK West Midlands area director, added: “Despite the challenging conditions, Autins Group has shown versatility to create new growth opportunities across the UK and Europe. HSBC UK was pleased to support the company as it adapted to provide on-going, vital support for its customers.”

Autins’ face masks are currently undergoing testing for Europe-wide certification as a ‘medical device and a respirator’.