Bloc Blinds goes into production of face shields

The face shields which will be made by Bloc Blinds
Gary McDonald Business Editor

MAGHERAFELT-based manufacturer Bloc Blinds is the latest firm in the north to start producing frontline personal protective equipment (PPE).

It has re-purposed its production line to initially produce 22,000 face shields a day, and is aiming to ramp up volumes in the weeks ahead.

Mid Ulster District Council is providing the use of the Meadowbank Sports Arena to facilitate production.

Bloc Blinds' founder and managing director Cormac Diamond said: "I've been blown away by the support of our staff since re-purposing our business, but it would also not have been possible without the help of local businesses, suppliers, and those who have offered their assistance in any way possible - from premises, furniture, to hands on help.

“This is a not-for-profit venture and we recognise both the level of demand and critical need for PPE face shields and would love to be able to help everyone.

“At present we have the capability to supply face shields directly to front line clinicians in acute care settings, but we are continuing to work with our supply chain to review this. Our aim is to support as many frontline workers as we possibly can in the fight against Covid-19.”

Mid Ulster Council chair Martin Kearney urged: “If any company can re-purpose its production line with such agility and innovation to make urgently needed equipment for health workers, then we can re-purpose one of our sports centres to facilitate their work.”

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