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Royal Mint to Manufacture Visors for NHS

Philip Barnes
30 March 2020

NHS Worker

The Royal Mint are usually associated with the production of coins, bullion and gifts, but engineers have recently come to the aid of NHS workers battling COVID-19.

The Mint began searching for medical equipment which they could easily produce on site in Llantrisant, and after sourcing a rudimentary design for a medical visor online, they began developing high specification prototypes.

Engineers managed to create an approved medical design in just 48 hours, and the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, South Wales are already making us of the first batch.

The visors will also be made available to Cwm Tax Morgannwg University Health Board Wales.

The Royal Mint has said it has the capacity to produce thousands of visors per day, providing it can secure enough raw components.

It has appealed to manufacturers across the UK to help source 1.0mm PET clear plastic, which is currently in low supply.

The Royal Mint is set to post the specifications of its design on its website to enable other firms to follow suit.

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