Honeywell expands face mask production in Europe with new manufacturing line in Scotland: Honeywell masks image

15 May 2020

Honeywell expands face mask production in Europe with new manufacturing line in Scotland

  • UK government and Honeywell sign agreement for 70 million face masks to support U.K.’s response to COVID-19 outbreak
  • New production line to create approximately 450 jobs in Newhouse

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NEWHOUSE, United Kingdom, 15 May 2020 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it will build a new production line capable of producing up to 4.5 million FFP2 and FFP3 disposable face masks per month at its Newhouse site in Scotland, United Kingdom. These masks will assist the U.K. government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The U.K. government has ordered 70 million of the locally produced Honeywell SuperOne face masks, with production expected to start as early as July. The masks will be distributed by the Department of Health and Social Care to the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) and social care settings to protect frontline workers.

The new mask production line is expected to create approximately 450 jobs at Honeywell’s Newhouse site.

“As a global leader of high quality personal protective equipment, Honeywell is committed to getting safety gear to those who need it most, including workers on the front line of the fight against COVID-19,” said Will Lange, president of Honeywell’s personal protective equipment business. “Our Newhouse facility has both the physical capacity and technical capabilities to launch a large-scale respirator production line in such a short timeframe. We are proud of our teams who are bringing new manufacturing capabilities to the United Kingdom as quickly as possible to support the country’s response to the pandemic.”

This is the third new face mask production line Honeywell has announced in the last two months. The company started two new manufacturing lines in the United States for the North American market.

“As well as creating 450 new jobs and boosting the local economy it is great a company with manufacturing facilities in Scotland can help ensure our heroic frontline workers have the PPE they need to carry out their lifesaving work,” said Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland. “Our U.K.-wide strategy is continuing to manage and supply protective equipment to the people that need it in all four nations.”

“I’m delighted to see another Scottish site at the forefront of the national effort to protect frontline staff as Scotland moves closer to being self-sufficient in the manufacture of key items of PPE,” said Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Scottish government. “Our health and social care system is facing unprecedented demand, so it’s tremendous to see so many companies step up to support the national response to COVID-19 and I thank them all for their efforts to deliver what is needed, when it is needed.”

Honeywell’s Newhouse plant specializes in electronic systems assembly and testing and other advanced manufacturing capabilities for several of Honeywell’s business groups and will continue to do so alongside the new face mask line.

"These 70 million masks are the result of our challenge to U.K. industry to scale-up domestic PPE manufacturing,” said Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, U.K. government. “This deal is brilliant news for the whole United Kingdom, which will not only deliver the masks we need but create around 450 jobs in Newhouse, Scotland. I’m delighted to team up with Honeywell to open up another avenue to get millions of masks to the frontline and strengthen our ongoing response to the outbreak.”

“Honeywell’s investment in this new production line and the creation of 450 new jobs is fantastic news in the current economic climate. These new facilities help demonstrate that Scottish manufacturing can meet the growing demand for high quality face masks at home and overseas,” said Linda Hanna, managing director, Scottish Enterprise. “More importantly, this means protective face masks will continue to be available to frontline workers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Honeywell will supply the 70 million face masks from Newhouse to the U.K. government over an 18-month timeframe.

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