The part played by our client Ultrafilter Medical in stopping the spread of the Coronavirus and creating British manufacturing jobs was recognised today at an official opening event.
The factory is the brainchild of Managing Director, Dustin Kronsbein, and Chairman, Dean Kronsbein, one of Britain’s leading technology entrepreneurs, who has spent the last 20 years building an international group of companies specialising in the manufacture of high-efficiency filters for the removal of bacteria and viruses.
With a £3.6m investment from the Kronsbein family, Ultrafilter Medical established the factory in Heredfordshire during the pandemic, equipping it with machines designed by its own engineers to manufacture medical-grade Type IIR face masks.
Since opening, the Ross-on-Wye site and its sister factory in Germany have produced over 400 million masks, used by frontline workers in the UK, the Swiss Government and hospitals across Germany.
Local resident and engineering enthusiast, Richard Hammond, joined in the celebration of GB manufacturing at the factory today, as the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire declared the factory officially open.
Higher level of protection
Made with a high-efficiency nanofiber filter that has been lab tested and certified as having a retention rate of 99.8%, Ultrafilter Medical’s Ultramask offers a higher level of protection than the 98% bacterial filtration of many imports currently being used in the UK.
Lower carbon footprint
As the Ultramask is manufactured in the UK, it has a lower carbon footprint than imported masks from China and other overseas exporters. Delivery to UK customers is also quicker and more cost-effective than the logistics involved in importing from Asia.
Just-in-Time for the NHS
And because the Ross-on-Wye factory is now producing 1 million masks a day and offering Just-In-Time deliveries, orders can be placed by healthcare organisations as and when they are needed, without the need to stockpile large numbers of imported masks.
"Through face mask production alone, we’ve demonstrated the benefits of British manufacturing for the customer, our local economy and the environment."
Dean Kronsbein, Ultrafilter Medical Chairman