HUNDREDS of new jobs are set to be created in Warrington supplying PPE to frontline NHS staff by leading UK PPE firm, Globus Group, thanks to a multi-million-pound contract to make high-performance FFP3 face masks.
The company has already begun recruiting for posts at a new 72,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility at Stone Cross Park, Warrington, which will be operational by the end of the month.
Contracts with the Department for Health and Social Care represents recognition of Globus’s 25-year heritage in PPE, its commitment to UK manufacturing and the high quality, performance and wearer acceptance levels of its products.
Globus Director, Steven Binnie, said: “For generations we have protected UK workers exposed to respiratory hazards in the workplace. Our increased PPE manufacturing will enable dedicated frontline healthcare workers to do their jobs safely in the fight against COVID-19 as we move into this critical Winter period.”
“This equipment will be produced through our Alpha Solway division at the new Warrington manufacturing facility which, in addition to our growing facilities in South West Scotland, will create several hundred new jobs. Our HQ is in Trafford and we are delighted to be deepening our commitment to the North West, creating new jobs and making our contribution to the vibrant regional economy.”
He continued: “We have committed tens of millions of pounds in capital investment for enhancement and expansion of our UK manufacturing capabilities. This will ensure we provide a long-term, sustainable, ongoing supply of PPE to NHS professionals, as well as key industry workers. Our new production plants will have product rolling off the lines by the end of October. At full capacity, our UK facilities will be capable of annual production of 200 million FFP3 masks, 100 million FFP2 masks, 1 billion Type IIR medical masks, and 22 million visors.”
Globus Group has also been awarded a £50m+ PPE contract with NHS Scotland for Alpha Solway to produce FFP3 respirator and Type IIR masks, fulfilling 87% of Scotland’s health and social care needs. FFP3 masks offer the highest level of protection against fine particles, including viruses and bacteria.
Alpha Solway pivoted its manufacturing capability to bring production into the UK in early 2020 to combat supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19, and its Dumfriesshire factories have already expanded their capacity to meet the NHS Scotland order, creating 200 new jobs for the area.
Globus’ Warrington manufacturing facilities will be recruiting for jobs across the spectrum, from skilled workers, to training and apprentice positions. Job roles will include Production Operatives, Process Engineers, Quality Management, and HR and Supervision.
Globus already has strong links with the North West, as its head office is based in Trafford, Manchester. Thanks to the new the Department for Health and Social Care and NHS Scotland contracts, Globus will also be bolstering its head office staff, creating more jobs for the area.