Up to 1 million surgical masks a day to be produced in South Wales factory

Cardiff firm adapts to produce PPE

An extra 1 million face masks a day are set to be produced in Cardiff.

That’s according to Wales’s Deputy Minister for the Economy, Lee Waters, who says Wales is in a much stronger position to provide PPE equipment.

Manufacturing company Hardshell has brought in surgical mask making machines to create a new factory in Cardiff, which could produce up to a million fluid resistant face masks per day for health, social care and other key workers across the UK.

The news follows the latest shipment of equipment into Cardiff airport from China earlier this week. 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:

“Businesses are going to enormous efforts to help us beat coronavirus and ensure we have a long-term supply of vital PPE items to protect Welsh frontline healthcare staff, key workers and many more across the UK.

“The significant contribution of Welsh firms and their desire and energy to meet demand has been truly fantastic and I want to thank each and every company for all that they are doing."

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