About 250 jobs have been created in Northampton by Medicom, a manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Canada-based group has opened its first UK production plant in the city. The Northamptonshire factory already makes more than 1.5 million face masks a day under its Kolmi brand, to help the NHS fight Covid.
It follows Medicom’s deal with the UK government to supply more than 600 million clinical masks to the NHS. The factory has a clean room over 60 meters long, where two types of masks are manufactured under carefully controlled conditions.
The installation represents an investment of several million pounds. Medicom owns and operates 10 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a global workforce of 2,000 people.
Along with Medicom’s investment in Northampton, the Berry Global Group has built a production plant in South Wales, to supply the essential material for the mask filters.
Medicom UK Managing Director Hugues Bourgeois said: “Not all face masks are of the same quality. Our new UK facility is probably one of the best in Europe.
“This is an important commitment of our company. We did this because we believe in the NHS and this country’s desire to boost the production of PPE in the UK – ensuring an adequate and secure supply of high quality protection for essential workers to do their jobs. vital safely and comfortably. “
The Northampton site was chosen because of its proximity to the NHS supply depot in Daventry. It also reduces the need for imports with a high carbon footprint, and there are other major environmental benefits from the recycling process.
Medicom’s plant manufactures both medical masks and FFP3 respiratory masks. These filters up to 99% of airborne particles and are the type favored by many healthcare establishments.
The UK government has joined forces with Canada, France, Singapore and Hong Kong to select Medicom as a key supplier.