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Why Canterppe Was Set Up

The Canterppe website has been created to facilitate members of the public and organisations to purchase and donate visors directly to those in need. 

The site provides a forum for:

Individuals or organisations to purchase and donate visors to front line workers.

Health care organisations, such as care homes to purchase visors directly for staff use.

Essential workers to purchase individual visors for their own use.

Shop, factory and warehouse workers, who are unable to work from home, to source this PPE.

The Story So Far …..

In early April 2020, Canterbury Tools Ltd, a Walsall based Toolmaker, responded to an appeal from Kirby Dowler, a Design and Technology teacher from John Taylor School and the WF Education Group. The appeal was to help speed up production of an open source visor headband design, being made with laser cutting machines in schools. 

The assembled visors were being donated across the UK to help protect front line healthcare workers in environments such as hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and care homes in their fight against the spread of COVID 19.

Here at Canterbury Tools Ltd and at our own cost, we used our expertise to design and manufacture press tooling to automate the production process. This provides capacity to manufacture more than 3000 units per day; one of the fastest production processes of any manufacturer in the UK. 

We engaged Tier 1 automotive suppliers Bolyer Engineering Ltd and APS Metal Pressings Ltd, and with materials kindly donated by Polypipe UK Ltd, produced 15000 visors.  We donated these visors free of charge to the project on the 24th April 2020.

There is a clear need for rapid production of 100's of thousands of visors and in this period of great demand, our front line workers in the NHS and other healthcare organisation are relying heavily on the generosity of the public to supplement their PPE requirements during the Covid 19 international emergency.  

Modifications to the tooling allow output of this vital protective equipment to increase to 10000 units per day and we are currently working with Andy Street - West Midlands Mayor and West Midlands Combined Authority to achieve the certification required to allow direct supply into the NHS.

In the meantime, until we have been formally approved for supply, the only way NHS workers can currently benefit from our available PPE is through donation.  Whether you purchase one visor or multiple visors for donation, you will support continued supply of this vital Personal Protective Equipment to front line healthcare workers.