BAE Systems sites around the country are taking part in the effort to produce PPE for the NHS.
According to a BAE Systems news release:
“Engineers at our Electronic Systems site in Rochester have joined our continued efforts to ramp up donations of vital Personal Protective Equipment to the NHS and other healthcare providers to support the fight against Covid-19. We’ve already delivered more than 45,000 face shields with the support of employees across the UK and our supply chain, including 4,000 units to NHS and Social Care settings across Kent and Medway, and we now expect to donate more than 150,000 in total over the coming weeks.
The team at Rochester, which usually produces sophisticated electronic systems for military and commercial platforms, has developed a new face shield design, helping to further bolster our efforts to support the nation’s healthcare workers. Production started this week at Rochester on an initial 3,000 face shields, with up to 500 face shields to be produced at the site each week over the next six weeks.”
John Russell, Deputy Director for Engineering at Electronic Systems Rochester said:
“The NHS and healthcare workers across the UK continue to make the nation proud and we wanted to play our part in helping those on the frontline. Our team of engineers created a new design of face shield that could be produced in high numbers using our smaller 3D printers in less than a week which is a huge achievement. We’ve now started production and the first of the new shields produced at Rochester will be making their way to our amazing NHS staff this week.”