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Ferndown manufacturer plays vital part in production of Covid-19 vaccine
Posted on: 14/01/2021
As the Government rapidly scales-up its COVID-19 vaccination delivery plan, Ferndown-based company Superior has confirmed its commitment in the global fight against the virus through its involvement in the manufacture of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The family-owned manufacturer has been working hard to support the large-scale process of rapidly manufacturing billions of vaccine doses, by supplying o-rings and sealing solutions for use in the production of the crucial treatment.
Tim Brown, managing director at Superior, says: “The roll out of the vaccine is a vital step in the fight against coronavirus, and we’re proud that our work is aiding the critical production, processing, filtration and separation equipment used in the manufacturing of the vaccine.”
The manufacturing of the vaccine includes a complex filtering process that screens out impurities until a sterile vaccine is ready to be distributed into vials. Superior’s contribution in the production of the vaccine will assist the Department for Health and Social Care with its drive to deliver at least two million vaccinations in England per week by the end of January.
The production of the vaccine is the latest support provided by Superior to help in the fight against coronavirus. Since April 2020, the company has ramped up the production of its o-rings and sealing solutions which are essential components in an extensive range of critical healthcare applications. These include disinfectant sprayers for sanitisation, pressure regulators and valves for use in critical care and sterile clean connectors for medical application as well as water treatment and food processing and filtration equipment.
Superior was also involved in the manufacturer of hundreds of ventilators for use in the NHS Nightingale Hospitals. The Superior o-rings used in each ventilator protect and optimise the functionality and performance of the equipment.
Tim adds: “Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Superior has drawn on the depth and breadth of its material science expertise and engineers to devise trusted o-ring and sealing solutions that support in the development of essential medical supplies. These supplies help to protect and support healthcare workers in their jobs, assist patients with recovery and eliminate the spread of the disease.
“It’s through our design and manufacturing of high-precision, tight tolerance component parts that we will continue to apply our expertise in ways to help those on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.”
Superior has maintained 24-hour operations to support its global customer base throughout the pandemic to supply, manufacture and provide technical support to customers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food and beverage, critical infrastructure and industrial technology markets. Work has helped to ensure essential services such as food production, communication and transportation, medical care and power generation continue operations.
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