Packaging firm creates innovative protective visor with Biomaster

One of our biggest providers of supermarket packaging has turned its hand to manufacturing Biomaster-coated protective visors for medical staff on the Coronavirus frontline.

Nottingham-based food packaging manufacturers The Wilkins Group, which specialises in the printing of folding cartons and packaging for a wide variety of industries and brands worldwide, has been working around the clock to create face protectors, which can be rolled out at a rate of thousands every week.

The shield/visor has an adjustable universal one size fits all strap that locates around the back of the head and contains Biomaster antimicrobial coating. Biomaster inhibits the growth of  bacteria on treated surfaces 24/7 and is effective against most types of harmful bacteria.

Justin Wilkins, sales and marketing director, explains: “Our team were approached by the Trentside Medical Group in Netherfield to see if we could help them with masks or visors.

After the initial enquiries, the team set to work to initially source the polyester, high quality cardboard from sustainable sources and Biomaster antimicrobial varnish material required to turn the protectors around. Within a few hours, the team had produced a design, which medical staff at the local surgery were impressed with.

If the prototype is successful, the packaging giant has the capacity to produce hundreds of thousands of visors each week.

Justin added: “We are so proud of all our staff here at The Wilkins Group, who have pulled together through what is a very difficult time for everyone. We are all working tirelessly to keep our customers supplied with food packaging products, and also to do it safely.

“These new face protectors will be issued to all of our own staff, as well as helping not only our customers protect their employees but the fantastic NHS staff.”

The Wilkins Group has been classed a ‘key Industry’ following the coronavirus pandemic lockdown is taking on extra staff fulfil its role in the retail food industry chain.

The Group produces folding cartons and packaging for a range of industries and brands worldwide and employs over 500 people operating from five global sites in Nottingham, Romania, China, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

See the Wilkins Group website for more information.

*Please note that Addmaster was acquired by the Polygiene Group AB in January 2021, so all news articles prior to that date will still be branded as Addmaster.