Wales is in a much stronger position to provide vital PPE equipment because of our relationships abroad and our ability to make things at home, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters has said.
|It comes as manufacturing company Hardshell has brought in surgical mask making machines to create a new factory in Cardiff to produce up to a million fluid resistant face masks per day for health, social care and other key workers, in Wales and the rest of the UK.
The Welsh Government has worked closely with Hardshell and assisted them with the logistics of transporting the machines from overseas into Cardiff.
The news follows the latest shipment of equipment into Cardiff airport from China yesterday. Around 600,000 fluid resistant gowns and 1.2 million surgical masks were flown into Rhoose and transported straight into health board and local authority stores for distribution to the front-line.
This is on top of the half a million fluid-resistant gowns which were carried on board a chartered flight into the capital city’s airport at the beginning of May that have been sourced directly by NHS Wales.
The Welsh Government is working with more than 300 businesses throughout Wales to produce supplies to respond to coronavirus, including PPE.
Hardshell is now part of an impressive list of firms who have responded positively to the First Minister’s call for manufacturers to join the national effort to support healthcare workers and beat coronavirus.
Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters said:
Hardshell’s Chief Executive Officer Anil Kant said: