The many benefits of local PPE manufacturing
In the current climate more than ever, consumers are looking for a secure and reliable supply chain that guarantees volume, quality and sustainability. Westlab’s scheme of moving away from importation towards local manufacturing is the greatest step towards achieving this guarantee.
PPE being the most significant consumable currently being used on most health fronts, Westlab are committed to our own local manufacturing. Our automated isolation gown manufacturing facilities are providing huge benefits.
We have utilized valuable consultation with clinical specialists.
Westlab’s team of professionals have liaised with a wide cross-section of clinical specialists and experts, living true to our three-phase methodology of Consult, Create and Coordinate. Collaborating with these professionals has allowed us to locate the specific clinical requirements and general preferences with gowns. Automated manufacturing facilitates the specificity to which clinical staff need customisation in design. While doing so, this achieves maximum protection for the staff.
Why we have chosen automated processes:
Using automation means that gowns can be produced to highest quality, at high volume, with maximum sterility and zero cross-contamination. Robotic production methods combine to produce an article that truly meets the needs of the health professional. While manual processes indeed support employment goals or standards, Westlab realises the need for efficiency, dynamics and cost-effectiveness. Automation investments provide far faster manufacturing procedures, eliminates human error, and ultimately cuts costs for the end user.
Our automated processes work to achieve the sharpest quality while being designed specifically for the clinician. Not only that, but the specific needs of the customer can be achieved to a greater extent.
We can ensure volume, security and sustainability.
Being a necessity for most health facilities, isolation gowns are usually required in large volumes on a regular basis. Automated manufacturing is only constrained by access to raw materials. As this is a sustainable product, automated processes possess huge output capability. In addition to this fact, manufacturing is able to be scaled back to suit market demands, which would fluctuate in response to increased public infection or community transmission rates. Thus, automated processes allow the enormous needs of the health sector in today’s climate to be met.
Additionally, automated manufacturing in local regions supports local supply chains. The local sourcing further slashes costs of importing, including freight and duties. Trade tensions and shipping delays are totally avoided. What does this mean for local hospitals and those on the health front? We are able to ensure on-time, secure supply of goods so that anxiety and buying options are kept open. Where trade tension, shortage and delays occur, hospitals are forced to take options, however costly, to secure their own stocks of PPE – without which they would not be able to function. Automated local manufacturing guarantees on-time, secure delivery.
What this means for the community:
Automated manufacturing revitalises our local jobs and ensures that our health front is not being supplied to the benefit of foreign countries. Realising just how fragile foreign reliance is, not only Westlab but an increasing number of companies are supporting local manufacturing which benefits in all directions. Leaders and professionals alike are realising the importance of local jobs. Ideally, manufacturing would occur with 100% of materials originating and being used by Australia where typical manufacturing and procurement particularly in the Pacific/Oceania region originates from Asian countries – namely China, from whom the lowest prices are coming from. Supporting locally manufactured goods means that we are giving back to both our general community and the health front to whom we are indebted for our safety and wellbeing.