East Yorkshire-based manufacturer, Kohler Mira has today announced its collaboration in the production of vital PPE for frontline workers through volunteer support. After designing its own prototype, Kohler Mira has been able to produce 13,000 high-quality face shields, in just two weeks using its local manufacturing sites.
Distributed from its Hull manufacturing site, Kohler Mira provided 3,000 face shields for Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust who cover Hull and East Yorkshire NHS.
The initial prototype was approved by NHS Gloucestershire, which also received a further 10,000 face shields alongside Sue Ryder, the palliative care and bereavement charity nominated as Kohler Mira’s charity of the year.
Craig Baker, managing director at Kohler Mira, said: “In 2021 we will be marking 100 years since we began. Over our long history as a company we have faced many challenges, but none quite like the request we received two weeks ago when we were contacted to help the NHS, critically low on face shields, if we could step in to help with our production capabilities.
“Armed with our approved design and an incredible team of volunteers we have so far delivered over 12,000 face shields to frontline local workers in Hull and Gloucestershire where our manufacturing sites are based.
“We’d like to give special thanks to the volunteers and everyone here at Kohler Mira for turning this project around, and of course express our gratitude to the amazing key workers who are continuing to work tirelessly to protect our nation.”
In addition to the PPE production already undertaken, Kohler Mira is also exploring the possibility of manufacturing ventilators to support the Government’s drive to increase supplies if required; talks are currently underway with a global engineering services partner as part of a potential collaboration.