Sports car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is ramping up production of protective face visors for frontline NHS and healthcare staff.
Earlier this month, the company started using 3D printing technology at its Advanced Product Creation Centre in Warwickshire to make the masks which have been designed in partnership with NHS healthcare staff.
Initially, the company was producing around 1,300 units per week but it has announced today that figure will climb to 14,000.
WHS Plastics, a Sutton Coldfield company which specialises in injection moulding processes, has joined the project and is now using new tooling to produce headbands based on JLR designs.
Each face visor has been designed to be reusable and can be dismantled and cleaned before further use.
They are being assembled, distributed and delivered by JLR to NHS trusts across the UK.
JLR is also releasing its designs in the hope that other businesses with the right facilities will be able to produce the personal protection equipment (PPE).
Ben Wilson, Jaguar Land Rover additive manufacturing and prototype design manager, said: “We hope that by providing the files for download, many more companies will be inspired to use their 3D-printing facilities to print vital PPE equipment for our key workers.
“Every effort, however small it may seem, is a contribution to a collective effort that will ensure our emergency services have what they need to continue their vital work.”
Paul Nicholson, group managing director for WHS Plastics, added: “Each and every day, our NHS heroes are risking their lives to ensure that those affected by coronavirus receive urgent medical attention.
“In manufacturing, we are uniquely placed to support our essential services, to help deliver critical equipment to those on the frontline here in the Midlands.
“It’s a small effort but, by working with Jaguar Land Rover, we can help turn the tide.”