The coronavirus pandemic has brought difficult times for many tool hire, machinery hire and construction firms as they try to navigate closed doors, furloughed staff and a decrease in demand for their products and services. But in the face of adversity, many businesses have made the decision to pivot their operations to meet different demands, rather than put them on complete pause.
The medical industry has seen a surge in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and temporary care units such as hospitals and testing venues. This means that businesses which are already adept in manufacturing and construction have been able to alter their operations for a greater good.
JCB is one firm that has been hitting headlines for the way it’s switched its resources to help with the Covid-19 outbreak. It didn’t take long for JCB to start manufacturing casings for Dyson ventilators at its Uttoxeter factory, with the hope of these being used to plug the shortage in hospitals around the UK and beyond. Soon after, they began manufacturing PPE at their Rocester HQ. Tooling and moulding engineers Joe Mumby and Joe Bagly are now using the company’s innovation centre and 3D printing facilities to produce medical-grade visors for NHS staff. They’ve been using materials donated by the JCB Academy to produce these, while also creating headbands to attach the visors too.
Joe Mumby explained: “Helping with the production of visors is the least I could do as this is a very testing time for everyone, including my own family. It’s fantastic that JCB has given us the opportunity to give something back to those who are the front line of the virus in what must be a very scary time for them.”
Tool Hire Group Speedy has also found places to switch its focus to, helping with the development of emergency field hospitals. While many of the group’s employees are furloughed, those that are still working have been supporting several coronavirus-related and ongoing projects, such as helping with the new Nightingale hospitals and offering a free four-hour delivery service to all of their NHS providers.
Bristol-based company Coveya, who normally manufacture conveyors, have been working hard to create portable screens which will help protect retail and other essential workers stay protected against coronavirus. Their COV-screen system is designed in house and made from acrylic screens that can be freestanding or installed on countertops for an extra layer of protection. The Coveya team are pleased to be supporting a range of national businesses that are essential to help Britain keep moving and give extra peace of mind to their most valuable assets – their employees.
Coveya’s MD Gareth Herbert said: “We have been designing and manufacturing a range of conveyor systems for over 30 years. But as we all face the impact of COVID-19, our expert team of designers identified a way of not only protecting the future of our committed and valued workforce but also offer a cost-effective product that will play its part in mitigating the spread of the virus.