Engineering and Manufacturing

Engineering help for the healthcare industry to combat COVID-19

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 29 April 2020 11:52

Engineering help for the healthcare industry to combat COVID-19

An engineering firm from Gloucestershire has gone into overdrive to help supply parts for critical medical kit used to combat the effects of coronavirus pandemic. 

Röchling Engineering Plastics UK Ltd is supporting the medical and healthcare sectors with thermoplastic components and materials considered vital to assist the NHS and worldwide OEMs in fighting the outbreak. 

The £20 million turnover Gloucester-headquartered firm’s extensive engineering plastic capability and the UK’s largest network of dedicated plastic CNC machining centres enabled it to rapidly respond and offer support for key lifesaving technologies. 

Mike Knowles, Röchling’sUK managing director, said: “I’m proud of the way all the UK Röchling sites have responded in meeting the challenges of these urgent requirements at a time of national emergency, it couldn’t be achieved without the cooperation, determination and dedication of all our staff to adjust to the changes in working practices and their commitment to ensure we play our part in the supply of life supporting equipment” 

From its UK headquarters in Quedgeley, Gloucester, Röchling is machining more than 13,500 critical components in medical grade plastics in support of the consortium of companies in the UK Governments Ventilator Challenge. 

Most recently it has taken on manufacture of 13 different parts in their thousands for a new rapid diagnostic testing device for COVID-19 

The RöchlingFibracon facility in High Peak, Derbyshire is producing more than 28,000 items over the next few weeks to meet their customers threefold increase in production of ventilators for supply around the globe. 

And in Hitchin, Hertfordshire Röchling Insoll, specialist in micro-machining plastics are seeing a significant increase in demand for thermoplastic seals and fittings used in all types of fluid and gas supply systems in the healthcare sector.

All Röchling UK sites, representing 185 staff, have remained open throughout the crisis and have adapted safe working practices to ensure the rapid response on these projects whilst maintaining uninterrupted supply to their existing customers. All sites continue to work on a daily basis with new crucial projects to combat the pandemic 

In addition to the medical device projects Röchling’s existing customers in the bioscience industry are increasing demand for parts as they and their customers urgently put resource and capacity into developing a vaccine to combat Covid-19 

Röchling Engineering Plastics UK is part of the Röchling Group, which describes itself as a leading, globally active plastics specialist operating across 90 locations in 25 countries, with in excess of 11,000 employees and generating sales over 2.140 billion euros.