Nottingham printing firm starts making masks in bid to help fight Covid-19

A Nottingham based printing firm has adapted to support the ongoing fight against coronavirus.

The Sherwood Group, an award-winning print company, provides innovative designs in packaging as well as offering POS displays and stationery.

The family-run group started out in 1992 when it entered the greetings card market and now, nearly three decades on, it is turning its attention to something new.

Following a partnership move, KMD Company relocated to Sherwood’s manufacturing site in Glaisdale Drive West near Wollaton in 2018.

The move was to allow both businesses to offer a wider range of products and services.

And now the two firms are joined in the fight against Covid-19.

The Sherwood Group’s main building in Nottingham

The group recently invested £200,000 into new protection lines to make protective face coverings in the UK.

The twin-stream face mask machinery was introduced as a response to the country’s increasing demand for the protective items, and the company is now able to produce 250,000 per week.

The machine was installed at the group’s Nottingham base, which retained BRC ‘AA’ High Hygiene Category accreditation in October 2020, following a rigorous inspection in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new offering includes high quality, three-ply single-use face coverings, featuring non-woven, melt-blown material and 95% bacterial filtration.

The face coverings are suitable to use by the general public, manufacturing staff and those working in non-healthcare settings.

Richard Bacon, MD of the Sherwood Group said: “As a group, we pride ourselves on innovation, being proactive and our ability to quickly respond to market needs.

“We are delighted to be able to support the fight against Covid-19, producing high-quality British made face coverings.

“It is so important for the country during this pandemic and I am proud of the team in getting this up and running.”