With a large part of the global production of personal protective equipment (PPE) happening in the United States and China, much of Europe is experiencing a major PPE shortage, putting millions of lives at risk. In order to combat the shortage, the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW) is partnering with Gerber Technology to make PPE more widely available. Through its PPE Task Force, Gerber has already helped over 1200 manufacturers across the globe successfully convert their manufacturing capabilities to PPE production.
“Nobody should have to go without the proper protection and risk being infected by COVID-19,” said Richard Jessup, Sales Director, EMEA of Gerber Technology. “Here at Gerber, the health and safety of people all around the world is a top priority. We are working tirelessly with our partners and customers to help and rapidly increase the production of PPE to ensure nobody is without.”
The Gerber PPE Task Force is helping its global network of manufacturers switch to production of protective masks, gowns, face shields, and other PPE by providing free resources such as production-ready patterns, sharing best practices, and connecting manufacturers and suppliers through the PPE Manufacturer Matchmaking Program.
“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Gerber as their expertise in PPE is unmatched,” said Yvette Ashby, founder and CEO of PCIAW. “Their advanced knowledge, innovative solutions, and helpful resources are going to help vastly increase the availability of PPE in the U.K. and all of Europe.”