from the Blog The year so far for BDK, one of Europe’s leading Healthcare Converters!

2020 has been a challenging year!

At BDK, we responded positively and timely to the extraordinary circumstances we all faced and, despite the unfolding events, succeeded in maintaining operations and growing our business.

At the start of our financial year, we began preparing for Brexit which was a test of our contingency planning. COVID-19 followed, and the training provided by our insurance company to our management team in disaster recovery was put to good use. Proven in the preparedness and implementation of novel protocols to ensure our staff and business remained safe during the outbreak.

How BDK Confronted & Dealt with These Obstacles

Our close relationships with Suppliers and Customers throughout Europe provided an insight of the looming disruption the pandemic would cause to people and businesses. Our plans to ensure the spread of the disease within our facilities was minimised and that any disruption to our production could be contained were therefore robust and ready to be implemented from the very first day of lockdown, the 23rd March. These procedures, along with the help and support of all staff, kept the business running at 100% throughout. Since lockdown, we operated across 2 manufacturing shifts, with remote working where possible, and ensured our Customers were continually supplied with their critical components and products.

Team Work & Collaboration

Together, the BDK team worked through unprecedented and challenging times, responding to both sudden downturns and exciting surges in demand from customers at the same time as learning to cope with lockdown and remote working. New customers, which were (and are) always gratefully received during the headlined 20%+ drop in GDP, were not an unusual occurrence.

At the start of lockdown, we registered on the UK Government web site to offer manufacturing support and were able to respond to the new demand for PPE face visors by setting up production capacity in the millions, if needed. We also donated material to a local initiative that brought together schools and businesses in Suffolk.

We couldn’t have done any of this without the help and cooperation of all staff members. By working together and supporting each other, we maintained production and amplified our reputation as a leading technical supplier of precision die-cut and functional parts. We continued to offer full sub-contract manufacturing capabilities, backed up with ISO9001, ISO13485, Class 7/10,000 clean rooms and, of course, our project management teams who are ready to manage your enquiry.

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Our capabilities include:

  • Dedicated Project management team
  • Prototyping and Pilot production
  • Subcontract manufacturer
  • Clean room Production with Bio-burden monitoring
  • Medical Pouching / Packaging in dedicated clean room
  • Medicated dressing manufacture
  • Assembly
  • Slitting – reel to reel and lathe
  • Cutting – laser, flat bed, rotary
  • Laminating – multi layers
  • Perforation – hot and cold
  • Heat Sealing
  • RF Welding
  • Corona surface treatment
  • Printing
  • Tension control
  • Embossing
  • Multi Island Placement
  • IQ, OQ, PQ Process validation
  • Process capability studies including 6 sigma Cpks
  • Control of sterilization process
  • ISO 13485
  • FDA Registered