YKK currently began producing essential parts at its factory based in Runcorn, Cheshire to help support the fight against Covid-19. The UK factory is producing critical fastenings for isolation/containment units, medical equipment and PPE (personal protective equipment), mattress protection and ventilator components.
The European R&D facility, also based at Runcorn is presently able to produce around 400 masks for YKK staff who are working in the factory as well as for offer to local schools and care homes.
“We were approached to make masks for local health workers and of course during these difficult times, we were more than happy to support – the masks that are currently being made are all using YKK products,” said Matthew Rawston, YKK leader – product development.
Tony Reilly, UK group managing director added that “without the dedication of our workers and staff involved, this wouldn’t have been possible; to be part of the fight against Covid-19 is something we are proud to support.”