Progressive thanks heroes from manufacturing and engineering industry

As the world confronts the health crisis of a generation in the form of a fast-spreading pandemic, the manufacturing and engineering industry is stepping up and supporting people to get through this challenging time. 

Progressive thanks you! 

To our customers and partners around the world, we thank you for your hard work and commitment to fighting this cause. To keep everyone informed and to show our gratitude of the work that they have put in to tackle this global pandemic, here are the top 5 innovations that have been made to support the efforts in tackling the virus.  

New products  



  • Babcock (defence/engineering firm)  
  • Dyson (manufacturer) – Dyson is famed for creating vacuum cleaners and hairdryers, but it has answered the UK Government’s calls to manufacture thousands of ventilators for the NHS  
  • JFD (marine services) – have created a new type of ventilator system  
  • Various car manufacturers (Rolls Royce, Mercedes Formula One, Ford, Tesla, etc.) 

Face shields  

  • Aseptium & 4c engineering (both engineering companies in Scotland) joined forces to design a simple, effective face shield that could be rapidly manufactured on a large scale.   
  • ExxonMobil is applying its strong knowledge and experience with polymer-based technologies to expedite third-party production of innovative safety equipment that can be sterilized and worn multiple times. The design improves the coverage of a health care worker’s nose and mouth and will use a replaceable cartridge system that includes a filtration fabric to prevent contact spread of the virus from the saturated filter. 
  • Nike (sports wear)  
  • Decathlon & Isinnova (sportswear / design) – Italy. Decathlon’s scuba masks are being used as masks to protect from COVID-19. As a result, design firm Isinnova have worked with them to create alterations which would allow it to be connected to a ventilator. They have shared the technical drawings so that others can replicate free of charge.  



In addition, there are other companies ranging from luxury fashion brands to food and beverage chains who are also changing their business focus to manufacture equipment and goods that can help combat the virus.  


New products  


Hand sanitisers 

  • LVMH (luxury perfume/clothing brand – parent company of Christian Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, etc.) – France – perfume production lines have changed to create hand sanitisers  
  • Brewdog (drinks brand) – Scotland – has moved from drinks production to producing hand santiser – this is being donated to local hospitals  
  • Ineos (chemicals company) – built/building 3 new plants in the UK, France, and Germany to produce free hand sanitiser  
  • Diageo (drinks company – parent brand of Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff) – pledges to produce more than 8million bottles of hand sanitiser for healthcare workers in UK, Ire, Italy, USA, Brazil, Kenya, India, and Australia  
  • Pernod Ricard (drinks company) – donating pure alcohol for the production of hand sanitizer - France  

Hospital scrubs / medical overalls / surgical (fabric) masks  

  • Zara (fashion/clothing)  
  • GAP Inc. (fashion/clothing)  
  • Prada (luxury fashion)  
  • Under Armour (sportswear) have pledged to create “no-sew” fabric facemasks for medical staff  
  • O’Neill’s (sportswear) will be repurposing factory to make medical scrubs and facemasks for medical workers  


Join the cause! 

At Progressive, everything we do is rooted in the deepest admiration and gratitude for the unbelievable people we are lucky to call our partners. We are immensely inspired by all frontline workers who are dedicating their life to bring hope amid the distress by working on developing drugs, vaccines, and other cures for COVID-19.   

Are you looking for a career that can make a difference in this pandemic, or is your organisation in need of engineers, and manufacturing experts? Check out our website for the latest job opportunities or get in touch with us today and take your future into your own hands now.  


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