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Preston printing firm adapts to make face shields for health and care workers

Posted on - 21st April, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, Health, Preston Docks, Preston News, Riversway
JKN managing director Peter Nicholls wears the protective visor
JKN managing director Peter Nicholls wears the protective visor

A Preston printing firm has helped to keep health and care workers in the city supplied with face shields.

JKN Digital, based at Preston Docks, has adapted its printing works to be able to manufacture the face shields.

More than 1,000 have already been produced and delivered across Lancashire.

Managing director Peter Nicholls said: “As a printer, I just wanted to do something which would help the national effort against the Coronavirus pandemic. When I read about the PPE shortages in the media, I wondered if we could help.

“We produced a few prototype face shields, and the results were really good. Staff came in, to assemble them. So we brought in a skeleton staff to produce, assemble and pack them.

“Let’s face it; compared to the heroic work of the NHS this is only a small gesture. But it’s good to feel like we’re making a contribution. I think most businesses I speak to want to help where they can. And we are no exception.”

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They are now manufacturing a further 6,000 shields for delivery to health and social care workers across Preston and beyond.

Any firms needing face shields to safeguard staff can contact Peter Nicholls on 01772722735.

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