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Cork company rolls with it to combat Covid-19

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Cork company rolls with it to combat Covid-19

Cork company rolls with it to combat Covid-19
July 17
12:17 2020
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The agility of Cork based company – MTD Precision Engineering, has allowed them to rapidly adapt to circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. As one of Ireland’s leading precision engineering companies, MTD houses state-of-the-art technologies, specialising in the design and manufacture of equipment for clients in the biopharmaceutical and medical device sectors.

Under the direction of Sean Hayes (pictured), business focus was adjusted at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in order to participate in the HSE’s search for ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment. It was during this time that Hayes identified a shortage of small hand sanitiser bottles.

The Hansans roll-on hand sanitiser.

“After an initial downturn in our traditional engineering design and manufacturing business, we felt compelled to take action and innovate while contributing to the combined efforts of those combating COVID-19.”

The MTD team worked tirelessly from home, in order to develop and design both the hand-sanitiser product itself and the special-purpose filling line which would fill, label and pack the final product.

“The result is a brilliant little bottle; safe, durable and easy to use as a personal, on the go, hand sanitiser.

The roll-on design has enabled an anti-spill function which dispenses just the right amount of sanitiser to the hands without fear of leakage or waste while stored in a pocket or bag.

“Distributors of Hansans have reported an amazing response from the back-to-work, sport and school markets.”

MTD’s ability to alter business focus in order to combat the issue of hand-sanitiser shortage, while simultaneously enlisting the use of local businesses to create a product capable of competing at a global level, reveals: “what can be achieved through co-operation, resilience and a ‘can-do’ mindset by the SME sector when in a crisis”.


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