A major manufacturer of mobility scooters has turned its attention to producing face shields for healthcare providers during the pandemic.
Scooterpac, based in Suffolk, decided to adapt its daily operation after seeing its retail customers shut up shop due to the current lockdown measures.
The company set up the production line last month and is now producing more than 3,000 face shields per day.
“We can ramp up to more like 5,000 per day should the demand be there and we have had enquiries for 50,000 and 70,000 all in the last couple of days so the demand is there, but we are trying to keep it manageable,” Scooterpac managing director Dane Lawrence told our sister title, Access Mobility Professional.
“This obviously isn’t about making money and no one would get rich from it anyway, but it is good to be providing and important service while keeping the till ringing and the team at work so it is a win, win from that point of view.”
Lawrence said the company has seen a fall in demand for mobility scooters due to the current circumstances, and may not see that demand pick up even when mobility shops begin to open their doors.
“Because of that, we’ve realised two things. One; we don’t like sitting around twiddling our thumbs, we want to be busy and two; we want to be providing products that people are screaming out for and that are going to be of use to people at the moment. There has been loads of stories of people not being able to get a hold of face masks or gloves and so on.
“We worked literally night and day over a weekend and now have a production line set up for face shields.”