A LONG-established family printing firm has diversified into producing face visors and masks.

Ernest Cummins Printers launched the new line in response to a Government plea earlier this year for companies to help meet demand for personal protective equipment (PPE).

Three generations of the Harden family currently work for the firm, which was founded 111 years ago.

“We are all experienced printers and manufacturers who have learned to diversify into PPE with the help of a Government-funded business advisor and UK-based scientists,” said Casey Cartwright, for the company.

“The division ppemadeinuk.com was born, offering face visors/shields made to EU regulations in adult and junior sizes, along with cotton masks plus counter/table dividers which can be personalised with names, corporate logos or slogans.

“In these hard times it’s important to pull together and we are happy we can help protect people.”

The company has also maintained its printing services during the pandemic, with a large percentage of its work being for essential stores, supermarkets and packing houses.