Setting the Benchmark: Coveris plays key role in new visor production

FLEXIBLE and paper packaging firm Coveris has joined forces with retail display specialist Benchmark to develop a disposable barrier visor to help in the fight against Covid-19.

Benchmark has pioneered its own Rainbow Visor face shield alongside manufacturer Coveris and design partner OrsCol Creative. With capacity to produce up to 10 million visors a week, the product is said to be suitable for workplace and general use and doesn’t impact the current government procurement strategy of PPE for the NHS and front-line workers, meaning they don’t compete with healthcare or other UK supply chain priorities.

Developed by Benchmark in line with the EU product safety directives, the visors are manufactured at Coveris’ packaging facility in St. Neots. Coveris has dedicated several operational lines to produce the visors for various single-use applications.

The visors are printed with user instructions on the inside and supplied with a removable, self-adjusting elastic strap for added comfort and safety to protect the eyes, nose, mouth and prevent touching of the face. Coveris said the ‘lightweight, sustainably sourced’ board and barrier laminate structure also features anti-fog film properties for improved visibility.

Jo Ormrod, sales director of Coveris’ graphics, labels & board division said, “As a business, we are extremely proud of the work we have been doing to support the fight against Covid-19. With our paper and plastic sites supplying millions of units of vital food and medical packaging each day, the manufacture of Rainbow Visors is a new step towards creating a safer, more protective environment for workers and the general public.

“Having rapidly adapted our production processes, trialled and now scaled up capacity to meet new technical demands, we have demonstrated our flexibility and expertise as a multi-format manufacturer, and we hope that this new use for packaging reinforces the value of plastic as a safe, protective and hygienic barrier solution.”