Australian manufacturer Clets Linen & Co Pty Ltd will produce thousands of medical grade surgical gowns for frontline workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The family-owned Victorian business, which specialises in linen and garments for hospitality and other industries, will provide 3,750 disposable isolation gowns to the National Medical Stockpile.
Clets Linen Managing Director Lisa Pachos said the contract was the result of ongoing discussions between the Federal Government, the TCF industry and industry groups.
“It’s great that we can unite as one to assist our frontliners in this time of need. It will be good to get manufacturing back into Australia to get us to stand on our own two feet,” Ms Pachos added.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews described the announcement as ‘a big win for Australian manufacturing’ which demonstrates the agility and capability of Australia’s Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) industry.
“In addition to securing supplies of medical grade isolation gowns to the Stockpile, the Federal Government has been working hand in glove with the TCF industry and the states and territories to establish a domestic manufacturing footprint,” the Minister continued.
“By Clets Linen pivoting from its traditional manufacturing capability to produce much needed disposable isolation gowns, the new domestic supply chain will support skilled TCF workers beyond the short term.”
Disposable isolation gowns are made from non-woven polypropylene fabric and constructed using specialised materials and processes, including ultrasonic welding machinery and highly skilled operators.