Australian automotive supplier, EGR is to convert its manufacturing capacity to the supply of plastic protective facemasks for essential workers.

The manufacturer of rigid polymer sheeting used in personal protective equipment (PPE), is increasing its capacity from 25,000 units per day to more than 100,000.

High traffic, public-facing environments such as medical centres, pharmacies, and supermarkets are already issuing staff with EGR facemasks and installing its ZenoShield range of transparent protective barriers at front desks and checkouts.

EGR’s PPE products are manufactured from transparent acrylic or PETG polymer material.

“Although perfect for front-line staff in hospitals and nursing homes, they are also being requested by customer-service and security staff operating in any close contact spaces where it is vital to keep the minimum social distance between those staff and the general public,” said EGR’s James Horwill.

“We are responding to the need to protect people and are already receiving interest from both the public and private sectors, from supermarkets and shopping centres, through to bus operators and banks. 

“Whereas there are several examples of smaller manufacturers that have turned their attention to making facemasks and gowns, our expertise in plastics and polymers and the scale of our international group means we can manufacture more than half a million face shields in a week, helping to address a worldwide shortage.”

The products are currently being manufactured at EGR’s facility in Brisbane in line with European Standards.

The Australian Federal Government is understood to need 6m faceshields to stockpile for future use and interest has also been received from South Africa, New Zealand and the US. 

EGR will also look to convert its factories in the US and the Far East to PPE production as global need dictates. It is also looking to create a new medical division to supply the global health industry in the future.

Founded in 1973, the EGR Group is a designer and manufacturer of precision-engineered solutions marketed through a series of Strategic Divisions: EGR Automotive, EGR Building and commercial products.