A firm located in Bangor in Northern Ireland has secured a £20 million contract,t producing personal protective equipment (PPE), which has created 130 new jobs. The firm, Denroy, also manufactures specialist aerospace components. It will produce FFP3 masks for use by Health and Social Care employees in Northern Ireland. The single use mask was designed by the company’s aerospace engineers, it filters 99% of particles from the air, so filters the small respiratory droplets in which Covid 19 can be transmitted.

The Welsh Economy Minister Diane Dodds and Health Minister Robin Swann visited the new facility and welcomed the investment and new jobs.

Ms Dodds said “Over the last 50 years, the Denroy Group has become synonymous with innovation through its cutting-edge product development and manufacturing of specialist aerospace components and award-winning hair products.”

“Due to Covid-19, there has been an unprecedented global demand for PPE. Very early on in the pandemic, Denroy took decisive action and repurposed to manufacture PPE. The positive impact of this decision is clearly demonstrated by today’s announcement of new jobs and a contract that will provide PPE to our healthcare workers.”

“The company has moved quickly and has already recruited all 130 jobs and hopes to grow further. These new roles will contribute £3.7 million in additional annual salaries to the local economy.”

Mr Swann said: “At the outset, the Covid-19 pandemic caused us to think very differently about how to tackle many issues.”

“We had to urgently consider how best to meet the challenge of protecting our health and social care staff while safely treating Covid-19 patients.

“The demand for PPE in the first surge of the pandemic placed tremendous strain on the health service in Northern Ireland.

Frontline workers across Northern Ireland, from intensive care staff to community care staff will use the masks

Kevin McNamee the Denroy Group chief executive said “We are proud of our staff and of our ingenuity over the last year, and the contribution we made during a time of national crisis. Our plans are to grow our business further, create more jobs and build on this contract in our target markets of Republic of Ireland, Great Britain and the United States in the coming year.”

The creation of these new vacancies are especially welcome as it comes after the aviation company, Thompson Aero, which manufactures aircraft seating announced a cut of 180 jobs in the Northern Irish towns Portadown and Banbridge.

Source: Irish News