Coronavirus: Shiftec retools factory to produce safety equipment for factories, offices & vehicles11 June 2020

Shiftec has re-tooled machinery at its plant in Willenhall, West Midlands, to produce safety equipment for social distancing in industrial workplaces, offices and vehicles.

As lockdown measures are gradually eased, the group, which is a part of Liberty Engineering, is producing ready-to-install office partitions, driver screens and floor markings to protect against Covid-19 infection.

The machinery in Willenhall that would normally be used to manufacture industrial ink trays and automotive components has been adjusted to manufacture such products.

MD Chris Baugh explains: “Thousands of businesses across Britain are grappling with the challenge of keeping employees safe while resuming their usual activities. We wanted to do our bit to back the national re-start by producing equipment that will help people to maintain social distancing – or to protect people where a two-metre gap isn’t possible. We’re pleased to have found a way to make these products at short notice – it helps keep our equipment running, and to get our own employees back to work.”

Products being made by Shiftec include a driver protection screen – for private hire vehicles or for commercial drivers who need a partition between themselves and passengers in the rear seat. Temporary office partitions, meanwhile, provide a transparent barrier between desks for office environments. Floor stencils also make one-way routes evident through workplaces, and full face shields are being produced for workers in higher risk environments.

Adam Offord

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