Honeywell to produce 70 mill UK face masks in 18 months
21 May 2020
Honeywell has launched a new production line in the UK to produce 70 million face masks to support the country's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Hosted at its Newhouse, Scotland site, it will be capable of producing up to 4.5 million FFP2 and FFP3 disposable face masks per month at its Newhouse site in Scotland.
Production of the Honeywell SuperOne face masks is expected to start as early as July. The masks will be distributed by the Department of Health and Social Care to the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) and social care settings to protect frontline workers.
The new mask production line is expected to create approximately 450 jobs at Honeywell’s Newhouse site and will supply the 70 million order over an 18-month timeframe..
“As a global leader of high quality personal protective equipment, Honeywell is committed to getting safety gear to those who need it most, including workers on the front line of the fight against COVID-19,” said Will Lange, president of Honeywell’s personal protective equipment business.
“Our Newhouse facility has both the physical capacity and technical capabilities to launch a large-scale respirator production line in such a short timeframe. We are proud of our teams who are bringing new manufacturing capabilities to the United Kingdom as quickly as possible to support the country’s response to the pandemic.”
The UK platform is the third new face mask production line that Honeywell has announced in the last two months. The company recently started two new manufacturing lines in the United States for the North American market.
Honeywell’s Newhouse plant specialises in electronic systems assembly and testing and other advanced manufacturing capabilities for several of its business groups. These will continue alongside the new face mask line.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “This deal is brilliant news for the whole United Kingdom, which will not only deliver the masks we need but create around 450 jobs in Newhouse, Scotland.
“I’m delighted to team up with Honeywell to open up another avenue to get millions of masks to the frontline and strengthen our ongoing response to the outbreak.”