Yorkshire mattress manufacturer works round the clock to supply NHS

Company pauses production in all other divisions to dedicate entire workforce to meeting demand for extra beds amid COVID-19 pandemic

GNG Group has increased production of its mattresses to help meet the ongoing demand for extra beds amid the coronavirus pandemic

A Wakefield company which designs and manufactures foam mattresses is helping the NHS meet the urgent need for thousands of extra beds by dedicating all production to its healthcare division and mobilising its entire workforce.

GNG Group, a specialist foam manufacturer of sports, healthcare, safety and mattress products, has paused production in all other divisions in order to enable a 90-strong team to focus on production of healthcare mattresses destined for the NHS Nightingale Hospital projects and several key NHS suppliers manufacturing hospital beds.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a rapid increase in orders to help meet the critical care needs of the NHS in the fight against COVID-19 and, like hundreds of companies throughout the UK, we are committed to doing everything we can to help

Having recently been awarded ‘key supplier’ status by the NHS; GNG’s 40,000sq ft production facility is now operating three shifts 24/7 and has increased the capacity of its healthcare division tenfold.

“Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a rapid increase in orders to help meet the critical care needs of the NHS in the fight against COVID-19 and, like hundreds of companies throughout the UK, we are committed to doing everything we can to help,” said Phil Whittell, managing director of GNG Group.

The company has taken all its staff out of other divisions and is dedicating its entire production line to supporting the health sector

“We have a skilled and committed team here who have risen to the challenge, enabling us to supply thousands of healthcare mattresses in the last month alone.

“Incredibly, we’ve received the equivalent of six months of orders in the last five days and we currently have 16,000 medical mattresses shipped, or on order, since the crisis started.

And the entire team, from administration staff through to production, are working flat out to meet this demand for critical products.

“This is the biggest challenge the company has faced in its 45-year history and I am extremely proud of the part our staff are playing in helping the NHS during this healthcare crisis.”

It’s fantastic to see companies throughout the NHS supply chain pulling together to increase production of vital equipment

As well as having thousands of healthcare mattresses on order for the UK, GNG is also receiving enquiries from Europe and the US.

Whittell said: “It’s fantastic to see companies throughout the NHS supply chain pulling together to increase production of vital equipment and I think the staff in these businesses, who are sometimes overlooked, deserve a huge thank you for their heroic efforts.”

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