MADE in Britain member Vernacare has recently made a £1.3m investment at its flag-ship facility in Lancashire, which produces wipes for patient bathing, hand hygiene, surface cleaning and disinfection. The new machine significantly increases production capacity and flexibility, further supporting the company’s move towards more sustainable healthcare solutions.
John Pearce, CEO of Made in Britain, joined Vernacare and MP for South Ribble Katherine Fletcher at the official launch of the new state-of-the-art wet wipes machine.
“I got my factory tour 'fix' which was the first in ages. The people at Vernacare are all extremely competent, professional and nice, which is what I always see at Made in Britain member factories.” Said Mr Pearce.
“To hear the amazing story of how they managed to bring the vital specialised equipment in from the supplier and get it installed, during a pandemic lockdown, was like something out of a very decent movie.
“This really is the future of SME and larger manufacturing and it's definitely Made in Britain.
Katherine Fletcher MP (pictured above), said, “During the pandemic, Vernacare were essential in producing infection-control products to keep us all safe. So, I was very pleased to cut the ribbon on the new wet wipes system that continues to provide these important products. I’m quite excited about it.”
John Pearce added, “Nothing makes me happier than meeting manufacturers and getting shown round a factory making something - anything. Who knew that making all the things that Vernacare makes is such a complicated, challenging and exacting science of production?
“A sustainable manufacturing enterprise supplying vital healthcare products. What a joy.”
John Pearce will be speaking at Advanced Engineering on Thursday 4 November at the NEC.