First of all, apologies for the radio silence! As you know it’s been a very strange and tough few months, but we wanted to let you know what we’ve been up to here at RP.
When lockdown was first announced, we closed our manufacturing facility and offices for 3 weeks in order to keep our employees and their families safe. Typically, enquiries and orders then came flooding in for tooling and plastic injection moulded components for PPE to help protect our NHS and front-line workers.
We pulled together a skeleton structure within our manufacturing facility and worked around the clock so that we could do our bit to help the fight against COVID-19. We manufactured 7 tools to produce head bands for face masks, each tool made from aluminium in approximately 4 days per tool. From these tools we produced circa 100,000 plastic injection mouldings with ongoing requirements, and some of the tools were shipped to customers to supply directly into other areas of need around the UK.
We also manufactured 9 aluminium tools for respirator components which are currently going through medical approval. Once approved we’re due to mould in excess of 10,000 sets with a continued requirement moving forwards.
All of this was on top of supporting our current customers and bringing on board projects for several new medical device companies, an area that will become part of RP’s continued growth strategy in the coming months.
Whilst the manufacturing facility was closed our team of directors have been working tirelessly to ensure that everything was in place for our employees to safely return to work with new social distancing procedures.
It’s still a very strange time with companies starting to get back to “normal”, it’s a big adjustment for everyone but now’s the time for the UK to pull together and get stronger. We’re extremely proud to be a UK manufacturer and we hope that moving forwards more companies’ re-shore and use UK manufacturers.
We have more updates in the pipeline so keep an eye out for case studies, videos, and product photos, and as always, if you’d like to discuss any upcoming projects feel free to get in touch.