INEOS TEAM UK manufacture PPE face shields
Thursday April 23rd, 2020
INEOS TEAM UK is supporting the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by manufacturing PPE face shields for key workers in the local area around their team base in Portsmouth.
Utilising the manufacturing capacity and resource within the team base, including 3D printers and sailmakers, together with additional resource from the existing team partnership with Mercedes-Benz Applied Science (MBAS), INEOS TEAM UK and MBAS will together be producing an initial total of over 100 PPE face shields a day.
The team’s aim is to supply over 5,000 of these face shields to the teams local hospital in Portsmouth free-of-charge to fulfil the urgent requirement to help protect their staff against COVID-19. Alongside this, additional face shields will be distributed to local ‘red-zone’ surgeries in the area.
INEOS TEAM UK’s team doctor, Dr Mark Coombe, will lead one of these local ‘red-zone’ surgeries from his clinic in Horndean, Hampshire. These surgeries will be dedicated to care for people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection who also need treatment for other medical problems.
INEOS TEAM UK Skipper and Team Principal Sir Ben Ainslie said: “The entire INEOS family feels it is everyone’s responsibility to be hands on in this crisis by deploying resource and expertise to support the frontline where best we can. The work INEOS, for example, are doing in producing millions of bottles of hand sanitisers across Europe and distributing them free-of-charge to frontline staff has been inspiring to see.
“We have a lot of expertise in manufacturing and production and we therefore felt the best way for us to support was the production of PPE face shields which will go direct, free-of-charge, to frontline staff in the team’s local area”.