Harkness Screens to manufacture curtains, aprons and face shields for frontline workers


MUMBAI: Harkness Screens, the screen technology company specialising in the design and manufacture of cinema projection screens and supporting technologies, has decided to use its manufacturing units to provide durable and protective clothing and equipment for those on the frontline, fighting COVID-19.

Harkness has factories in the United States, UK, France, India and China. And with going to the cinema and large gatherings off the agenda for the foreseeable future, Harkness Screens has decided to focus on how they can help those on the frontline best.

Harkness said it has prototype designs of medical curtains and heavy-duty PVC aprons using the PVC usually used to create a movie theatre’s silver screen. These could be rolled out into a number of different environments, such as the fast food, hotels, restaurants and supermarkets.

“For us, this pandemic could be felt at the tail end of last year when the onset of it in China meant that our factory remained closed from Chinese New Year to the end of March. As a result, when COVID-19 reached the other regions we operate in, we knew what to expect and were proactive in thinking of new ways to help,” said Mark Ashcroft, CEO, Harkness Screens.

He added that teams across the world have been collaborating to think of products that could help those on the frontline with heavy-duty aprons made out of PVC.

“All of the concepts we have come up with use the same techniques and technology that we use every day in the manufacturing of cinema screens,” said Laurent Espitalier, chief scientist and Director of R&D for Harkness Screens. “Things like the medical curtains have a place in all critical industries, maintaining high rates of production and can be very easily produced by us.”

Harkness said the company is also currently developing other ideas that could help commercial industries maintain high standards of health and safety, both during and post the COVID-19 pandemic.


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