Honeywell to make 70mln face masks
More than 70mln face masks will be manufactured in the UK and delivered to frontline health and care workers following an agreement with technology company Honeywell at its Newhouse, Scotland, site. The deal is part of plan to unleash potential of UK industry to scale up domestic personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturing.
Honeywell’s production line has capacity to produce up to 4.5mln SuperOne disposable respirator masks each month and will create 450 new jobs at the production site. FFP2 and FFP3 masks will be produced over an 18-month period, with production set to begin in July.
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.
A PPE distribution network with the NHS, industry and armed forces, and a 24-hour NHS-run helpline that’s received around 35,000 calls since it was set up, have also been established as part of the government’s national PPE plan.