From Pillows to Protection: Manchester Bedding Manufacturer Switches Part-Production to PPE

  • Manchester-based Comfy Group is to begin manufacturing protective face masks to support the nation’s transition from the Covid-19 lockdown, as outlined in Government’s newly published ‘roadmap’
  • Masks offer comfort and protection, with both Reusable, and Disposable, plain and printed options available for all of the family

Bedding manufacturer, Comfy Group is shifting its focus from pillows to protection by adding face masks to the roster of products it produces.

The business, which is based in Manchester, has already begun switching areas of its Middleton factory facilities to the production of non-medical face masks and this will now be ramped up on the back of the latest Government’s advice as of Sunday 10th May, encouraging the use of masks while in public places.

This advice was then clarified in the Government’s 60 page ‘roadmap’ to exiting the lockdown which was published on Monday 11th May. The document included an urge for all members of the public to ‘wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet, for example on public transport or in some shops’.

Both the Reusable and Disposable masks are made to Government standards* and will be made available to buy in bulk for businesses wanting to protects their employees, schools wanting to protect teachers and pupils, and direct to the wider public via UK Safe Masks.uksafemasks.co.uk

Comfy Group, which has over 40 years-experience in textile manufacturing, and produces one in three pillows made in the UK, has the ability to produce both plain and branded masks, suitable for all ages.

Throughout the crisis, Comfy Group has donated hundreds of essential bedding products including pillows, duvets and bedlinen to local hospital trusts, including Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, that have each been at the frontline of the fight against Covid-19.

Comfy Group is to manufacture two types of masks; each has three layers of filtration to help act as a protective barrier against droplets and particles, is soft, lightweight and breathable for skin comfort and are either one-size-fits-all or available in adult and child sizes, so all ages are catered to. The two quality, non-medical mask options, for sale via UK Safe Masks, comprise:

  • Reusable Protective Masks: Re-usable, washable face masks made from supersoft microfibre that are available in plain and patterned designs. Each mask is machine washable at 60C to kill germs and help maintain freshness & hygiene, has curved nose and elastic ear straps for comfortable coverage of mouth and nose, and is available in retail packs of three or five.
  • Disposable Protective Masks: Disposable masks designed to offer convenient everyday comfort and protection for industry and public. Featuring 3 layers of filtrating non-woven fabric to act as a protective barrier, whilst providing lightweight and breathable comfort. Available in packs of 10 and 20.

Bob Moryoussef, managing director at Comfy Group, said: “As Britain transitions into the ‘new normal’, it would have been remiss of us not to re-focus our manufacturing capabilities from being solely on bedding, when there is a real and urgent need for institutions, businesses and the wider public to have access to PPE such as masks.

“We’re proud to have ploughed our near half-century of experience into producing masks and have managed to manufacture quality options that meet the protective and comfort needs of those who’ll wear them. As the wearing of these masks is unfamiliar to many of us, these needs are of particular importance to consumers and professionals alike.”

All of Comfy Group’s masks are manufactured in the UK and can be supplied in bulk to contract partners as well as on an individual basis to consumers. Fast delivery is guaranteed in hygienically sealed packaging.

*Not hospital grade

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