Government has announced a new agreement with a UK manufacturer to produce PPE for frontline workers, which will see more than 70 million face masks delivered to health and care workers.
FFP2 and FFP3 masks will be produced over an 18-month period at Honeywell’s site in Newhouse, Scotland, with production set to begin in July. Each month will see up to 4.5 million masks made, ready for distribution to frontline NHS and social care workers.
This marks a significant moment in the Government’s ‘make’ programme, headed up by Lord Deighton, which seeks to unleash the potential of UK industry to scale up domestic PPE manufacturing.
Additionally, the new production line will create approximately 450 new jobs at the Scotland site.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said, 'These 70 million masks are the result of our challenge to UK industry to scale-up domestic PPE manufacturing.
'This deal is brilliant news for the whole United Kingdom which will not only deliver the masks we need but create around 450 jobs in Newhouse, Scotland.
'I’m delighted to team up with Honeywell to open up another avenue to get millions of masks to the frontline and strengthen our ongoing response to the outbreak.
Lord Paul Deighton, advisor to the Secretary of State on PPE said, 'My role is to increase our homegrown PPE supplies, both now and in the future, by investing in the potential of UK manufacturing. This fantastic deal announced with Honeywell today marks a significant step along the way.'
The masks are certified to the highest international PPE standards, compliant with EU Regulations, and must meet UK quality and safety standards before being delivered to healthcare settings via the NHS Supply Chain from July.
The agreement announced today is the latest in a number of steps Government is taking to ramp up PPE production and distribution for frontline workers. New collaborations between Government and organisations including amazon, the Royal Mint and Jaguar Land Rover, will see increased production and delivery across all PPE products.