Burnley company set to double production of vital PPE for NHS

A Burnley company helping with the national effort to produce more PPE for the NHS has now promised to double production up to 120,000 parts per week.

Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 7:00 am

In the early days of the coronavirus lockdown, when the government called upon British manufacturers to help to supply our National Health Service with the equipment it needs, organisations like Altham-based What More UK were quick to offer their support.

Last month What More UK pledged to continue manufacture of parts for visors until the country has enough for its needs. Now with this dramatically increased production, the company seems likely to fulfil that promise in much shorter time.

The news comes following last month's announcement that the Altham based manufacturer would be making 60,000 parts a week.

Saving lives and protecting the NHS: Rob Walker, senior engineer at What More UK.

The vastly increased production is down to What More UK's senior engineer Rob Walker. Working with a local manufacturing mould maker, Mr Walker has developed a four-impression mould which will enable What More to produce 17280 parts per day, or around 120,000 parts per week.

He said: "Although we are increasing our efforts to support the war against the virus, as a company we hope and pray it won't be needed for much longer and the UK can return to normality."