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Warwick automotive company launches dedicated division for PPE manufacture

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27 November 2020

A leading automotive design, engineering, and recruitment company has added medical products to its portfolio to help supply the UK with PPE equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Warwick-based Contechs has formed a dedicated division - Contechs Medical - which has the capability to provide a combined fast track end-to-end service from design, engineering, validation and testing.

Contechs Medical manufactures protective products such as gowns, masks, gloves, and face shields after a substantial investment in new production facilities, state of the art equipment, and quality control.

The company responded to the UK Government’s call to arms for increased PPE supply in March and received their first orders for its gowns from University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) in June. It now supplies 10,000 gowns a week.

Contechs utilising its lean manufacturing processes in the manufacture of PPE equipment .jpg[91] copyManaging Director Peter Jarvis said: “We see this as a natural diversification for us, to use the skills we have established over the last 25 years to enter the medical sphere to complement our portfolio of services.

“We have leveraged our state-of-the-art automotive and lean manufacturing techniques to the medical market to ensure efficiency, productivity, and cost-effectiveness.

“We’re proud to be supplying Britain’s brave key workers and medical staff with high-quality protective equipment during their fight against the epidemic.”

Contechs was shortlisted out of more than 200 companies in the Midlands to design and manufacture product for UHB thanks to its extensive benchmarking and testing. It is one of only five of the NHS trust’s suppliers outside the clothing and medical sector.

Contechs surgical gownsContechs invested approaching £750,000, employing a specialist team at the helm as well as embarking on an aggressive recruitment campaign to create 110 jobs working over two shifts.

“Following sustainable and ethical practices, Contechs Medical provides clients with full peace of mind that all products are best in class and fit for purpose,” Peter added.

“Contechs design and manufacture both in-house and with supplier partners that have been rigorously vetted to deliver total quality and compliance.

“We now aim to build on this success and enter partnerships with other NHS trusts.”

Contechs has recently received CE Mark EN13795-1-2019 for its single use gown.

Simon Clarke, Managing Director, BHA Shared Procurement Services has praised the company for their innovative and flexible approach.

He commented:  “Contechs was one of the early adopters following a call from the West Midlands Combined Authority and University Hospital Birmingham Trust.  It was a critical time when the Trusts were not receiving the necessary PPE to keep staff safe.

“Although new to the sector, Contechs was unfazed drawing upon their manufacturing prowess they consistently pushed the boundaries.  They were the first to come forward with a surgical gown design, the quality of which was far superior to  that being used nationally and for which they have now received a CE mark.

“They have also been at the forefront of the development of a new range of PPE equipment to meet our cultural ethnicity requirements.

“If Contechs hadn’t come forward our medical teams would have been in serious risk. Their swift response and efficient manufacturing processes ensured that each of the three UHB trusts had surgical gowns available at all times.

“As a manufacturer Contechs has gone above and beyond and has consistently demonstrated that irrespective of the challenge ahead they have the resilience and sustainability to meet the demands of the NHS.”

The move into the manufacture and supply of medical equipment has quickly become an integral part of Contechs business offering and to date has contributed to 10% growth over the past year and is expected to increase to 25% growth in 2021.

An award-winning business, Contechs provides world-class services to some of the automotive sector's most prestigious companies.

Its industry-leading product design and engineering expertise has won the firm admiration across the globe through its facilities in the UK, Germany, Slovakia, and India.

The company's automotive consultants have a wealth of knowledge that stretches across every discipline and Contechs Medical’s dedicated team bring a plethora of skills to the mix.

Since starting its journey in 1997, Contechs has achieved consistent sales growth by consolidating, improving, and advancing its range of services.


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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