Engineering group launches medical division to meet demand for PPE

An engineering group has added medical products to its portfolio to help supply the UK with PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Warwick-based Contechs has formed a dedicated division – Contechs Medical – which has the capability to provide a combined fast track end-to-end service from design, engineering, validation and testing.

Contechs Medical manufactures protective products such as gowns, masks, gloves, and face shields after a substantial investment in new production facilities.

The company responded to the UK Government’s call for increased PPE supply in March and received its first orders for its gowns from University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) in June. It now supplies 10,000 gowns a week.

Managing director Peter Jarvis said: “We see this as a natural diversification for us, to use the skills we have established over the last 25 years to enter the medical sphere to complement our portfolio of services.

“We have leveraged our state-of-the-art automotive and lean manufacturing techniques to the medical market to ensure efficiency, productivity, and cost-effectiveness.

“We’re proud to be supplying Britain’s brave key workers and medical staff with high-quality protective equipment during their fight against the epidemic.”

Contechs has invested around £750,000 and is now employing a specialist team for the PPE production after a recruitment campaign to create 110 jobs working over two shifts.

“Following sustainable and ethical practices, Contechs Medical provides clients with full peace of mind that all products are best in class and fit for purpose,” Jarvis said.

“Contechs design and manufacture both in-house and with supplier partners that have been rigorously vetted to deliver total quality and compliance.

“We now aim to build on this success and enter partnerships with other NHS trusts.”