Vernacare recognised for excellence in manufacturing, after efforts to support pandemic.
Vernacare have won the ‘Excellence in Manufacturing’ award by Profit Track 100, sponsored by The Sunday Times. The virtual awards ceremony took place on the 15th June, hosted by Paul England with representatives from event sponsors The Sunday Times, BDO, Santander, UBS and representatives from all award-winning companies.
Richard Hall, Group Operations Director accepted the award on behalf of his Vernacare colleagues.
"Thank you to the Sunday Times for acknowledging all of the hard work that has gone into our UK manufacturing sites, especially over the last year."
James Steele, CEO, added “We are incredibly proud to win this award, it is a credit to the 380 staff, from our hardworking teams that operate our 4 manufacturing sites in the UK.
They have worked tirelessly over the past 12-months to keep manufacturing levels high enough to meet rising demand for our single-use human waste disposal system, LDS needles for our Vaccine Solutions division and cleaning and disinfection products, whilst also diligently following COVID-19 procedures and adapting to changing working practises throughout.
Vernacare were added to The Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 league table in April, and have now been recognised for their achievements and contributions to the UK based manufacturing efforts that have helped to support the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vernacare have been manufacturing medical pulp in Lancashire since 1964, and have now grown to have 4 manufacturing sites in the UK, with a medical product portfolio that now includes, needles and syringes, clinical waste containment and disposal, woundcare garments, wipes production and surgical instruments.
Since the covid-19 pandemic began Vernacare have increased manufacturing capacity to enable the manufacture of 1 billion Low Dead Space needles. The production of the LDS needles allows 20% more of the vaccine to be delivered to patients than alternative needles.
Vernacare have also introduced the first sustainable plastic sharps containers, created in the UK which are used for the disposal of used needles, now containing 30% of recycled materials, with the first bulk order due to be dispatched to France next week.
The Bolton manufacturing facility of medical pulp products have increased production over the past 18-months to meet the increased demand from high rates of bed bound patients during the pandemic, and have had a core focus on reducing carbon emissions throughout all manufacturing processes that take place at the state-of-the-art facility.