Globus Group will make 1.3 billion specialist masks for frontline NHS staff at the new plants in Dumfries and Warrington (CGI pictured) which will create over 600 new jobs.

The funding will also help the Manchester headquartered group - one of the world’s leading manufacturers of PPE for hand, eye, head, hearing and respiratory protection - to support its international manufacturing and growth.

Once fully operational, the two plants will be capable of producing one billion medical masks, 200 million respirator masks, 100 million face masks and 22 million visors annually. This will be a significant percentage of Scotland’s and England’s health and social care needs, in their fight against COVID-19.

Andrew Morris, Chief Financial Officer, Globus Group, said: “For more than 25 years we have been committed to protecting UK workers exposed to respiratory hazards in the workplace. Our increased PPE manufacturing capabilities, made possible by the two new manufacturing plants and uplift in manpower, will help dedicated frontline healthcare workers do their jobs safely in the fight against COVID-19, especially as we move into this critical winter period.”

Mark Boyle, Corporate Relationship Director, HSBC UK, added: “We are pleased to have supported Globus Group in ensuring that frontline workers in the UK receive the best quality protective equipment throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The company is also playing its part in creating jobs in the UK throughout these difficult times.”

Globus Group was established in 1994 by Haraldur Agustsson in response to PPE needs of workers