US-based packaging company JohnsByrne has announced that it is using its manufacturing capabilities to design and deliver protective face shields.

These face shields are made for first responders and other essential workers who are fighting the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

JohnsByrne Company president and CEO Corey Gustafson said: “Seeing media reports of a lack of PPE, our structural design team got to work on a few 3D printed prototype options. We vetted and streamlined the concepts, and realised we had a best-in-class solution that we could manufacture.

“It’s fulfilling to make an immediate difference in a time of need. We are fortunate to be able to apply our passion and innovation, and rise to the occasion in this global fight.”

According to the company, the six-piece face shield is easy-to-clean and is reusable. It comes with adjustable sizing and a band cover to offer additional comfort to the wearer.

Such face shields act as a barrier and help in reducing Covid-19 contagion risks.

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The product was authorised by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an emergency use authorization (EUA) for use by healthcare providers as personal protective equipment. However, the face shield is yet to be approved by the US agency.

JohnsByrne Company has already supplied its face shields to Saint Anthony Hospital of Chicago as well as to police, fire and administration departments in the village of Nile.

Based in Illinois, JohnsByrne specialises in delivering paperboard packaging solutions. The company caters to several industry verticals such as health and beauty, wine and spirits among others.