3D printing (additive manufacturing) of medical devices or component parts during the coronavirus pandemic
The requirements on manufacturing 3D printing will depend on whether the item is classed as a medical device or personal protective equipment (PPE). There has been an increased number of enquiries about the use of 3D printing to manufacture medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus pandemic. Find out more here.
Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations
Engineering and Manufacturing
Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA)
AMDEA is working to ensure the continued supply of critical appliances and support to householders and the emergency services. Click here to find more information on COVID-19 on their website and click here for Register My Appliance’s website.
British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA)
The BCFA is the British business association for the contract furnishing industry, covering the full spectrum of interior products and services in the UK and globally. Click here to visit their website for more coronavirus related information.
The British Footwear Association (BFA) supports new, growing and established businesses and manufacturers within the UK footwear industry.
During COVID-19, the BFA is dedicated to ensuring the government is aware of the issues affecting the industry while providing support and guidance to members and non-members within the footwear sector. Click here to visit their website for more information.
British Furniture Manufacturers Association (BFM)
The BFM is the trade association that represents domestic UK furniture and furnishing manufacturers. For the latest information and updates, please click here to visit the BFM’s COVID-19 webpage.
Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA)
The ECA is a trade association for those working in electrical and engineering services. Click here to find out more at the ECA’s free information portal.
Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA)
EAMA promotes the machinery and manufacturing supply chain, and the work of trade associations. Email email@example.com to link up with sector specialists.
Furniture Makers’ Company
The Furniture Makers’ Company is the furniture industry’s charity and supports UK furniture and furnishing manufacturers. For the latest information and updates, please click here to visit the Furniture Makers’ COVID-19 webpage.
Make UK represents British manufacturing and manufacturers. Click here to visit their coronavirus page for more information.
National Bed Federation (NBF)
The NBF is the trade association that represents the bed and mattress manufacturing sector. For the latest information and updates, please click here to visit the NBF’s COVID-19 webpage.
Surface Engineering Association (SEA)
SEA represents companies across the surface engineering supply chain from suppliers of specialty chemicals through to applicators of all types of surface coatings. SEA website has a regularly updated blog area with all the latest government guidance on COVID-19.
Click here to read the letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to those working in manufacturing. The letter thanks all those who are working in manufacturing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Operating safely in the workplace
Click here to read the latest guidance on operating safely in the workplace for manufacturing and processing businesses during coronavirus.
The Manufacturing Barometer is live and we’re seeking your input!
Now, more than ever, it is vital that SME manufacturers are able to communicate their business needs.
The impact of COVID-19 will vary from business to business depending on the type of product being manufactured. Whether you are experiencing a spike in demand or a reduction in sales, we want to better understand the support you need as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Click here to take the survey.
Your response will help identify and call for the support you, and other manufacturing SMEs, need to help mitigate the impact that COVID-19 has on your business.