Industrial thread maker Coats has joined a dedicated task force set up by apparel software maker Gerber Technology to help manufacturers convert their production to personal protective equipment (PPE).
Joining as a coalition partner, Coats plans to draw on its extensive network of apparel manufacturers to work as an “industry matchmaker” to rapidly mobilise the work of the task force. It will connect its customers who are switching to PPE production to the task force, which will enable them to find potential outlets for their products.
Coats will provide high-quality threads, trims, specialist products, technical support, and services as well as guidance on adhering to PPE regulation to manufacturers switching their operations. It will also introduce its raw material suppliers that produce materials for use in the production of PPE.
“In unprecedented times we can be most effective by working together in partnerships for the greater good. By collaborating our innovation and expertise we can deliver an industry-defining moment that is greater than the sum of its parts,” says Coats group chief executive Rajiv Sharma.
The Gerber PPE Task Force was announced last month in response to the global shortage of masks and other PPE needed to keep healthcare workers safe. To date, it has brought together more than 600 companies and industry associations. It comprises dedicated experts who can offer advice, share best practices, support and technology to produce certain types of masks as well as protective apparel and accessories including raw material procurement and on-site support.
“Working across the industry in a unique ecosystem of professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences has allowed us to support manufacturers’ conversion to PPE production by providing support for raw material selection, procurement, technical specifications to finished goods delivery. It is an ambitious initiative, but through a lot of hard work by the team and our partners, it is quickly becoming a powerful engine to drive solid and efficient PPE mass production,” adds Mohit Uberoi, CEO of Gerber Technology.
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