A PLASTICS company will be creating new jobs after signing an agreement to help supply much-needed personal protection equipment for the healthcare sector.

The deal will see Blackburn-based MGS Technical Plastics Ltd work alongside eyewear safety specialists Bollé Safety to supply plastics needed to manufacturing the crucial equipment.

The company says that this will mean a £4million investment in its Centurion Business Park facility along with the creation of 35 full-time jobs on site.

MGS managing director John Sturgess said: “We are delighted to announce this new partnership with Bollé Safety, continuing our 45-year tradition of delivering excellence through technically-led, quality assured plastic injection moulding that delivers peak performance for every project.

“Through this partnership with Bollé Safety, MGS Plastics will play its part in supporting healthcare workers in Britain and across the globe, leveraging the latest in manufacturing technology to develop products that will be vital to protect millions of professionals, from our plant in Blackburn to the rest of the world.”

He added: “This partnership was built on mutual respect and admiration from both our teams, who worked tirelessly during the past months to ensure the new range of face shields and goggles delivers to the best standards.

“While many of us were confined at home, our teams went above and beyond to finesse and elevate every possible aspect in the production process to deliver a best-in-class product that sets a new standard of excellence for the industry.

“I am very proud of our team at Blackburn, who every day bring their talent, commitment and passion to innovate and drive technological advances that will change the face of manufacturing towards locally sourced, ethically-led, positive plastics.”

Blackburn MP Kate Hollern said: “I’m delighted that Bollé Safety and MGS Plastics are investing in Blackburn and its people, bringing more jobs to the local area.

“With our industrial heritage, Blackburn is one of the best manufacturing centres in the country.

“Personal protective equipment has saved millions of lives over the course of this pandemic, so it’s great to know that Blackburn and MGS and now Bollé Safety will continue to play a big part in making more life-saving equipment.”