Tekmar Group companies, Subsea Innovation and Tekmar Energy, have joined forces to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS workers in the North East of England.
Subsea Innovation and Tekmar Energy have responded to the coronavirus pandemic and have begun manufacturing protective face shields for front line NHS workers at their facilities in Darlington (Subsea Innovation) and Newton Aycliffe (Tekmar Energy).
Subsea Innovation designed, prototyped and began manufacturing the protective face shields using 3D printing technology.
Recognising the limitations of using 3D printers to produce the face shields in quantity, the design team developed a design that can be cast in polyurethane and manufactured in greater numbers with sister company Tekmar Energy.
Subsea Innovation and Tekmar Energy are now producing between 150 and 200 protective face shields a day and will distribute them at no cost to local NHS trusts.
James Richie, Tekmar Group CEO said, “Tekmar Group is fortunate in that we have the capability to expand our operations and produce protective face shields for the NHS during this period of unprecedented demand. The Tekmar family are driving this initiative forward and they continue to demonstrate fortitude, determination and compassion during these difficult times.”