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Print companies battling PPE shortage

Further print companies have continued to aid front line workers, as they still face a shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment) during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A number of print companies have been involved in the production of PPE

CCM Group, which also recently raised money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital through an online quiz, has now restructured to help produce PPE. Over the last few weeks, CCM has sold over four million protective masks and large quantities of hand sanitising gels, as well as aiding the NHS and healthcare organisations with low-cost and competitively priced PPE options.

Managing director of Nottinghamshire-based CCM, Trent Peek, explains: “We received a call mid-February from a customer of ours who turned to us for help after struggling to source hand sanitiser from their usual supplier. Fortunately, we were able to source them, and at a better rate than they were previously paying. We then realised that other companies may already be facing huge supply chain issues and potential losses because of the virus.

We then realised that other companies may already be facing huge supply chain issues and potential losses because of the virus

“Therefore, any increase in PPE costs can have drastic effects on business, councils and most importantly the NHS. Fortunately, at CCM we have a strong supply chain in Asia and therefore during such a testing, uncertain time we feel it’s important to utilise our strengths to help those most in need by offering this equipment at a low and fair price. We want to try and help support the safety and wellbeing of our entire nation in whichever way we possibly can.”

Another Nottinghamshire-based company Prime Group has teamed up with Where The Trade Buys to produce face masks for NHS workers during the pandemic. Where The Trade Buys has committed to making 15,000 units a day while Prime Group has a target of 10,000 visors daily, and both have an overall objective of 500,000 units a month.

PPE is a clear issue in the UK, not just distribution but local supply

Gary Peeling is the chief executive officer of Where The Trade Buys and comments: “PPE is a clear issue in the UK, not just distribution but local supply. Rather than waiting on containers from the far east, up and down the country are factories that can repurpose their output to solve the problem locally.

“We were delighted to partner with Prime Group and ProCo on this project and encourage other print companies around the world by sharing the technical drawings. Globalisation brought this crisis to our door in weeks and collaboration can see it safely in short order.”



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