Clean solutions

A major PPE manufacturer has become the only one in the UK to use clean room technology in the production of high-grade medical masks for the NHS


The Canadian-based group, Medicom, has created a state-of-the-art production facility in Northampton. It uses industry-leading technology, which changes the air up to 20 times an hour.

Covering more than 20,000 square feet, the clean room sits as an independent structure within the Medicom facility and is specially-designed to maximise hygiene. It means the supply of fresh air is highly filtered and ensures that no contaminants enter the manufacturing area.

The highly sterile environment exceeds the standards required for mask manufacturing. Medicom’s plant is making more than half a billion masks for the NHS through a government contract.

The Northampton factory has created 250 new jobs. Medicom’s Managing Director in the UK, Hugues Bourgeois, said the company was proud to supply high-quality masks for the NHS, using the latest technology. “Our Northampton clean room is a great example of how technology can be used to help the medical profession deal with the continuing challenges of Covid-19. We are proud to be the only company in the UK using a clean room for the production of PPE masks. It underlines our commitment to supply products of the highest standards for NHS workers,” he said.