Hundreds of NSW businesses have responded to Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s call to help produce critical medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abbey Manufacturing Group in western Sydney is one of more than 1400 businesses that have registered to help fill the global shortfall in vital supplies.
“If we can turn around and manufacture here, we’re obviously saving jobs, we’re saving the economy, we’re keeping businesses afloat,” manager Christian Macgregor told 9News.
Eight products are needed due to major disruptions in overseas supply chains. Those products include hand sanitiser, personal protection equipment and toilet paper.
But while the family-owned business – which already supplies hospitals with surgical shoe covers and mattress protectors – is ready to produce thousands of face shields and isolation gowns using food packaging material and other sources of plastic, they have hit a roadblock.
“TGA approval is proving a little more difficult,” Mr Macgregor said.
Mr Macgregor says his business could potentially produce up to 120,000 essential items using food packaging materials and other sources of plastic.
“We’ve got a process where we are working closely with the TGA to get those approvals in place and we’ve also got people from NSW Health embedded in our procurement teams so we know we’re buying the right product,” NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment and Tourism Stuart Ayres said.
It’s a process Mr Macgregor and the Abbey Manufacturing team are keen to see through.
“In this tough time, you can’t be not passionate about it, it’s something that’s very close to all of us,” Mr Macgregor said.
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