A Treforest business has bounced back from flood devastation by making locally-sourced hand sanitiser and distributing it across the UK – having produced an emergency supply of 20,000 bottles for local frontline staff.
The operation has also resulted in 13 new jobs created thanks to the company’s significant investment in its production line, and has a very small carbon footprint as the entire manufacturing process is completed on site.
Gwalia Healthcare, based at Treforest Industrial Estate, specialises in the manufacture of medical devices and pharmaceutical packaging. It was one of hundreds of businesses severely affected by Storm Dennis just 11 weeks ago – when its manufacturing operation was brought to a halt overnight.
Having re-established or replaced 30% of its manufacturing capability in the six weeks after the floods, Gwalia was able to satisfy 85% of its orders by converting to a 24/7 production operation – prioritising its healthcare, medical and pharmaceutical customers who rely upon it. The Coronavirus outbreak then brought a second unprecedented emergency in quick succession.
Rod Parker, owner and director of Gwalia Healthcare, said: “It’s been an emotional rollercoaster, having re-established the business after the flooding. We weren’t making hand sanitiser or gel before COVID-19, but we thought as a large number of our industrial customers wouldn’t need their orders from us, why not focus on producing hand sanitiser ourselves?
Article originally posted to their website by Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council on 30th April 2020.