Publisher switches production to PPE visors for NHS

A Chichester woman is putting her publishing company’s high-speed cutting machine to good use by making polyester visors for NHS personal protection equipment (PPE).

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 2:56 pm

Bambi Gardiner, 52, is the founder of Oaka Books, which produces dyslexia-friendly children’s resources.

She said: “Our Zund cutting bed is used to cut our board games but it is an incredibly versatile machine so we decided to see if it could be used to cut plastic visors so desperately needed by carers and hospital staff.

“We have spent the past three days getting the machine set up and we aim to be cutting in the region of 5,000 visors a day very soon.

Bambi Gardiner with one of the Oaka Books board games and one of the visors made at the factory

“The company has been really busy supplying dyslexia friendly resources to thousands of home schooling parents but with many friends working on the Covid-19 frontline we are aware of just how essential these visors are for our NHS and care home staff.”

Oaka Books operates from a factory in Portsmouth shared with plastics supplier GG Supplies, which is providing the polyester sheets and rolls for the visors.

Bambi said: “Although I know our books are proving to be lifelines for struggling parents trying to home school at the moment, switching the use of our machinery to cut these visors is fantastic. We are fortunate, as a business, to be agile enough to be able to switch our production so fast.”

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