City firm thanked for COVID efforts

Published Friday, 02 October 2020

The Lord Mayor of Coventry called in at a city firm as part of a series of visits to thank the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lord Mayor of Coventry - Councillor Ann Lucas

Lord Mayor Cllr Ann Lucas visited Staeger Clear Packaging in Holbrook Lane, which has been making visors for those working on the frontline to keep people safe.

The firm specialises in producing high-quality transparent plastic packaging – also known as acetate packaging – mainly for the food and toiletry industries, but found a new use for its skills when COVID struck.

Ian Jamie, Managing Director, of the company, said: “A colleague in the Czech Republic factory suggested we make visors within the group and so our designers worked together to provide the best visor we could make in the timescale, using our technology.

“Since then, here in the UK, we have supplied visors to most NHS trusts and charities, and more recently we secured a very big contract with NHS central procurement in London. 

“This was after many letters to the Prime Minister and other Ministers urging them to buy British, and with significant help from the Chamber here in Coventry.”

The company has built such a reputation, they were even asked by the Duchess of York to produce a visor for the Queen, one that fits onto her glasses

As well as saving lives, the success of the visors has helped the company overcome a difficult time after it was caught up in the arguments over the use of plastic – even though its products are made from recycled PET water bottles and are themselves 100% recyclable.

Now, from making redundancies, the new contract will quadruple the size of the Coventry business.

The Lord Mayor said: “It was such a pleasure to meet the team at Staeger and say ‘thank you’ for all their efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.

“There are so many companies who have managed to adapt and use their technical know-how to produce life-saving equipment. They really are very innovative and typical of the skilled workforce we are fortunate to have here in our city.”

The Chamber has been working hard to support firms in the city throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, from exploring new opportunities to issues around PPE and a safe return to the workplace.

For more on the Chamber, visit their website.

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