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Flexible packaging solution provider Transcend Packaging has adapted its operations to produce one million face shields a week as coronavirus continues to spread.

The move came in response to First Minister Mark Drakeford’s call for action earlier this month to manufacture vital personal protective equipment (PPE) to create a new made-in-Wales supply chain.

The company’s facility in Ystrad Mynach, which manufactures paper straws and other sustainable packaging will be responsible for the production.

It will initially produce around a million face shields, which can be increased to two million a week depending on the requirement.

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Transcend Packaging CEO Lorenzo Angelucci said: “We’re delighted to have designed, produced and received our CE-marked, regulatory approval for a face shield that can be produced quickly, inexpensively and in large quantities.

“These face shields will help provide Covid-19 protection across Wales and beyond, protecting our brave NHS staff, care home workers, retail and restaurant staff and other frontline workers.

“Our goal is to get as many shields in the hands of key workers as possible and we should be able to produce between one and two million face shields a week as long as the need persists.”

Transcend PPEs are now tested and deployed in the Welsh NHS and to other parts of the UK and countries around the world.

Mark Drakeford said: “Transcend Packaging is a great example of what a business can do to adapt the way it works to support our response to the coronavirus pandemic. I want to thank the company for everything it’s doing and rising to the challenge.

“Transcend join a growing number of individuals and firms standing up and making the equipment we need to support our fantastic health and care workers. We appreciate each and every offer of support.”