Aspen Medical opens Queensland PPE factory

International healthcare provider Aspen Medical has expanded into manufacturing at its Brendale facility, beginning manufacture of PPE equipment with the help of the state government.

The company, which provides hospital and medical services to defence forces, remote locations and to mitigate global crises such as the outbreak of Ebola, invested $2 million in upgrading its facilities.

Aspen consumes PPE equipment in its operations across Australia, the Pacific, Africa, the Gulf region, the UK and the USA,which employs more than 2,500 medical professionals.

Executive Chairman of Aspen Glenn Keys (pictured) said Aspen Medical Manufacturing commenced production in June and will manufacture hundreds of thousands of face masks per week.

“Our Queensland facility will produce PPE to the highest Australian standards and ultimately source all raw material from within Australia.”

The company will employ 35 initially in manufacturing, and gradually increase the range of products it produces.

Its own operations will take some of the production, but the remainder will be sold in Australian and export markets.

Assistant Minister for Health, Nikki Boyd said securing local production of PPE was part of the state government’s plan to safely manage the COVID-19 pandemic and demand for PPE in the future.

Boyd said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to bolster our own PPE stock levels than of relying on imports to help cover the nation’s PPE needs.

“We need to be prepared, have domestic production capability, be able to add to our national stockpile and have the ability to help our neighbouring nations.”

Picture: Glenn Keys

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