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Bluetree Group in UK first with PPE deal

Bluetree Group, owner of the InstantPrint.co.uk and Route1Print.co.uk brands, is to become the first UK business to manufacture type IIR-medical grade face masks.

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Bluetree Group purchased machinery from Diecut Global, its long-term supplier partner, in order to produce the masks

Set for use in the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) battle, the masks are one of the most commonly used types in UK healthcare, with Bluetree to launch them under the name ‘OBISK’.

Type IIR masks have a bacterial filtration efficiency of 98% and are also splash resistant to protect users from bodily fluids including blood.

In recent months, Bluetree has worked to convert its new 45,000sq ft facility into a surgical mask factory, with the ability to now produce 1.4m masks per week, with the potential of expanding capacity to 20m per week by September.

Adam Carnell, managing director at Bluetree Group, says: “We are in a fortunate position where our existing setup lends itself well to mask production, so when it became apparent that help was needed, we immediately began planning what we could do.

We are in a fortunate position where our existing setup lends itself well to mask production, so when it became apparent that help was needed, we immediately began planning what we could do

“The team has worked hard over the last eight weeks to work through the understandably complex regulations around producing medical products; building a clean room production facility and securing some of the most sought-after materials needed to make the masks.”

Carnell adds that despite the huge new operation, Bluetree remains committed to its standard operations and continues to deliver quality printed products to its customers.

“We are still operating our business-as-usual product lines, dedicating a separate task force to this project, but aim to make mask production a sustainable line of business for the foreseeable future to help protect the nation,” Carnell says.

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