It will make Don & Low one of a handful of companies in Europe capable of supplying the filter material used to make the respirator masks.
Scottish Government Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ivan McKee, says: “Covid-19 isn’t going away any time soon, so while we have enough masks to protect our frontline health and social care workers now, we are also taking a long-term view to build PPE manufacturing capability in Scotland to meet future need. During these challenging times it’s encouraging to see so many Scottish businesses quickly diversify their product lines and invest in new equipment to help us deliver what is needed, when it’s needed.”
Don & Low director, Colin Johnson says: “We are pleased to be supported in making this new investment that will allow us to use our existing expertise to address the shortages of these key materials during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”
In late March, Don & Low announced part of its business would close to allow the company to direct efforts towards the production of face masks for NHS workers. It said the company’s woven textile manufacturing facility would shut, with available staff transferred to nonwovens production.