COVID-19 has led to some unexpected changes for businesses, both bad and good. The bad news is only now starting to trickle down in the form of permanent factory and business closures and consolidations.
But on the positive side, some firms have been able to pivot by embracing a role in the need for personal protective equipment, packaging and home improvement trends.
Consider this story, originally from our sister paper Sustainable Plastics. Denroy Plastics Ltd., an injection molder in Bangor, Northern Ireland, normally serving aerospace and automotive, has added new presses from Engel as it moved into large-scale production of face shields.
And Denroy launched a new business line, Denpro, to make medical products including Bubl, a thermoplastic elastomer clear face mask with replaceable polypropylene filters.
The Bubl's clear material is key for people who rely on reading lips to communicate. Even people who don't have hearing problems know that being able to see a person's face makes it easier to understand not just the words being said, but the expression behind those words.