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NSW Premier urges manufacturers to re-tool to ease shortage of medical supplies

The NSW Government is calling on the state’s manufacturers to convert their factory lines to assist with the supply of medical equipment and hygiene products as health services globally come under pressure in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, launched a portal where manufacturers can offer to build parts or supply eight urgently needed items.

Berejiklian said the focus is on meeting the global shortage of hand sanitiser, hand wash, gloves, cleaning products, protective clothing, masks, eyewear and paper products, and that help is desperately needed by the manufacturing community at this time.

“This is a call to arms for NSW manufacturers to look at ways to convert production lines into making the items we so desperately need,” Berejiklian said.

“We have the ability within NSW to meet our local demand and the Government is moving to help manufacturers re-tool quickly to achieve this. Importantly, providing this opportunity to manufacturers will also allow some businesses to keep people in jobs when they may not have been able to do so.”

The supply of Personal Protective Equipment and disinfectant is expected to be under pressure for at least 12 months, the Premier said.

Some Australian brands, including CUB and Unilever, have already begun the manufacture of hand sanitisers, while other businesses have opted to create face masks.

The Government will use information on the portal to connect the supply chain and provide finished products to those that need them.

“This is an opportunity for businesses to not only diversify their supply but produce incredibly important products for our State in a time of need. We will work to find solutions to provide our hospitals and our people with the protection they need, while keeping as many workers as possible in a job,” Ayres said.

Businesses that are interested in supplying these products can register their interest on the NSW Government website.

If you are a manufacturer that has adapted lines to help fill the gaps in medical equipment and hygiene products, we would love to hear from you. Please contact fmcgnews@octomedia.com.au

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