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Guy-Raymond manufacturing firm in King's Lynn takes steps to support NHS during coronavirus pandemic

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Manufacturing company Guy-Raymond based on Lynn's Hardwick Industrial Estate has seen a surge in demand for its products used in the medical sector since the coronavirus pandemic.

The family-run firm which makes high quality castors and components has seen an eighty per cent jump in orders for medical castors and stand bases.

The increased demand has come from both UK and European manufacturers who produce respirators as well as other medical equipment which supply the Nightingale hospitals at Excel, Birmingham, and elsewhere.

Guy-Raymond is based on Hardwick Industrial Estate (33870729)
Guy-Raymond is based on Hardwick Industrial Estate (33870729)

It is giving priority to orders from medical equipment manufacturers that feed into the UK NHS supply chain and other manufacturers of critical health care equipment globally.

It has now received more new inquiries for infusion and pump stands, where it is supplying stand bases as well as conductive and lockable castors.

Managing director Kelvin Daniels said: "We are pulling out all the stops to rise to the challenge of fulfilling orders to support the UK NHS and other suppliers who produce medical equipment globally."

Castors made by Guy-Raymond (33870714)
Castors made by Guy-Raymond (33870714)

The Rollesby Road firm usually employs 75 permanent staff, and local agency CSS has supplied an extra 14 temps to service increased demand, along with extra help from the office staff, who are also taking turns assembling castors.

The company has also increased its working hours to keep supplies flowing. Usually it operates 24 hours, from 6am Monday to 10pm on a Friday evening, but it has now introduced overtime so that operations continue through to 10pm on a Saturday evening.

Within the factory it has taken steps to ensure that it is operating safely and within government guidelines, such as applying enforced social distancing, heightened cleaning regimes and restricting visits.

Guy-Raymond produces a range of high-quality castors and components for medical, office, retail and education applications. It despatches more than 20 million items every year within the UK and around the world.

Guy-Raymond (33870696)
Guy-Raymond (33870696)

The firm has been in business since 1948, and all of its products are designed, manufactured and despatched from the Lynn site.

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