Scottish PPE supplier invests £4.8m in manufacturing plant

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Alpha Solway has launched a new manufacturing facility following a £4.8m investment.

The PPE manufacturer has received support from South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE), which has enabled it to create its own raw materials locally and create new jobs.

The company has now started production of meltblown polypropylene, the virus-filtering material used in its FFP2 and IIR face masks, at a newly built factory in Dumfries.

Onshore production of this filter layer is expected to create a more resilient supply chain from and to parent company Globus Group’s multiple sites in Britain and Europe.

It is the latest initiative under a strategy to achieve net zero emissions by 2027, which includes a commitment to 75% UK manufacturing.

Alpha Solway launched the new £12 million plant in just 10 months after securing a multi-million pound public/private investment partnership with SOSE.

The company began work on the plant last summer and has created more than 300 new jobs at Gilnockie Business Park.

The facility is part of a £33 million investment by Globus Group in the area.

Alpha Solway director Steven Binnie said: “Our customers continue to need a rapid and resilient supply of PPE and the launch of this new facility is an important next step in our strategy to accelerate access to vital products.

“We are focused on constantly improving and evolving our manufacturing processes by launching pioneering products and services and the opening of this new factory is a key step in implementing our ongoing sustainability strategy. .”

Professor Russel Grigg, Chairman of SOSE, said: “We are delighted that Alpha Solway has been able to launch its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Dumfries.

“It’s great to see that our funding has been so effective in helping the organization dramatically increase the number of job opportunities available in the area.”

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