Find out why a Peterborough manufacturer is at the centre of the vaccination rollout
A manufacturer in Peterborough has changed its production processs and put itself at the centre of the UK’s vaccination rollout.
XL Displays, in Manasty Road, Orton Southgate, is making vaccination booths for the NHS, medical clinics, care homes and pharmacies across the country after refocusing its operations when lockdown restrictions brought its traditonal events and exhibtions market to a standstill.
Chief executive Joanne Bass said: “Our shell-scheme exhibition systems have been adapted for use as vaccination booths and screening.
“We are proud to have supplied vaccination solutions to the NHS, medical clinics, care homes and pharmacies.
“The UK vaccination programme requires quick to deploy screens that can be easily sanitised and we are seeing that larger centres are now operational but smaller pharmacy chains and clinics are now joining the vaccine rollout.”
The shift to vaccination booth production is part of a bigger move at XL Displays that began soon after the first lockdown as it received huge demand from businesses of all types for Perspex sneeze screens and barrier screens to protect staff and customers.
And as vast numbers of people began working at home and communicating through Zoom meetings, XL Displays also faced a growth in demand for its printed backdrops and banners.
Mrs Bass said: “I’ve never been in the position where it seemed every business in the UK wants the same products at the same time. The demand for Perspex screens was a huge challenge to meet and exceed expectations and we achieved it.”