An Australian family-owned business has pivoted from its usual production to manufacture thousands of medical-grade surgical gowns in the fight against the CCP virus pandemic.
Clets Linen & Co. will produce 3,750 disposable isolation gowns in its first production run for the National Medical Stockpile.
“By Clets Linen pivoting from its traditional manufacturing capability to produce much needed disposable isolation gowns, the new domestic supply chain will support skilled TFC workers beyond the short term,” according to @karenandrewsmp.https://t.co/yLwxSaX69t #auspol #covid19
— AustralianManufacturingForum (@AuManufacturing) April 24, 2020
The company normally specialises in linens and garments for the event and hospitality industry, but that industry has ground to a halt after cancellations following restrictions put in place by the government due to the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus.
The family-owned textile manufacturer began operating in 1994 from its factory in Victoria.
“It’s great that we can unite as one to assist our frontliners in this time of need,” Managing Director Lisa Pachos said on April 24. “It will be good to get manufacturing back into Australia to get us to stand on our own two feet.”
Inspecting Australia’s National Medical Stockpile, which includes over 10 million masks.
We continue to take an evidence based approach to the coronavirus, so that all Australians are protected. pic.twitter.com/mSVUMflBit
— Greg Hunt (@GregHuntMP) January 24, 2020
Federal Industry Minister Karen Andrews said Clets Linen’s willingness to adapt to the challenges is proof of an agile and adaptable textile, clothing, and footwear industry.
“This is a big win for Australian manufacturing and contributes to building sovereign capability in the supply chains most affected by COVID-19,” Andrews said.
Victoria is also home to Australia’s only local mask manufacturing company, Med-Con.
The Australian government provided Med-Con with a $1.44 million (US$910,000) grant, allowing it to make nearly one million masks per week to meet demand.