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Denroy creates 130 jobs with £19m PPE contract
Denroy has secured a £19.5m PPE contract with Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland (HSCNI), enabling the company to create 130 new jobs.
Best known for producing specialist aerospace components and products for the haircare market, Denroy repurposed during the pandemic to begin making personal protective equipment.
The new contract will see Denroy manufacture and supply FFP3 masks to HSCNI from its new manufacturing facility in Bangor, County Down, where it has invested £3m. To support Denroy in delivering the contract, Invest Northern Ireland has contributed £1.5m of financial support towards the job creation, which includes a repayable loan of £900,000.
Denroy’s FFP3 single use mask was designed by the company’s aerospace engineers and filters 99% of particles from the air, including the small respiratory droplets where coronavirus can be found. The masks will be used by frontline workers across Northern Ireland, from intensive care staff to community care staff.
CEO of Denroy Group, Kevin McNamee, said: “We are proud of our staff and of our ingenuity over the last year, and the contribution we made during a time of national crisis. As well as helping with the emergency need for PPE, we have invested over £3million in a new manufacturing facility, created over 130 jobs and secured this £19.5m contract with HSCNI.
“Our plans are to grow our business further, create more jobs and build on this contract in our target markets of Republic of Ireland, Great Britain and the United States in the coming year. We have drawn on the extensive expertise of the team at Invest NI and we’re very grateful for their support.”
Diane Dodds, economy minister, said: “Due to Covid-19, there has been an unprecedented global demand for PPE. Very early on in the pandemic Denroy took decisive action and repurposed to manufacture PPE. The positive impact of this decision is clearly demonstrated by today’s announcement of new jobs and a contract that will provide PPE to our healthcare workers.
“The company has moved quickly and has already recruited all 130 jobs and hopes to grow further. These new roles will contribute £3.7million in additional annual salaries to the local economy. Not only is this great news for the Ards and North Down Borough Council area, but also for the wider Northern Ireland economy.”
Robin Swann, health minister, added: “To develop a brand new product, create prototypes and have it tested, certified and considered fit for purpose within six months is quite remarkable. While I applaud Denroy for its innovation and vision, I must also recognise the work of key health staff who worked closely with Denroy innovators to refine the mask and robustly test new prototypes to get this mask in production.”