Optimas OE Solutions, a global manufacturer and distributor of precision made fasteners and supply chain solutions, have partnered with some of the world’s leading PPE brands to bring an unrivalled range of high quality personal protective equipment to the UK market.
Estimations place global PPE value in 2020 in the region of $77 billion dollars and predictions indicate growth upwards of 7.3% in the next 6 - 7 years - it’s fair to say that PPE is big business. Heavily relied upon by every corner of industry, staff safety is paramount, and in a post-Brexit, Covid-facing world, where supply chains continue to buckle under demand, it’s clear that finding a reliable source of critical PPE is a key consideration for many businesses.
Already a major distributor of fasteners, components, and value-added inventory services into many of the leading manufacturers throughout the UK, Optimas had been met with repeated demands from existing and new customers alike to offer an even more diverse range of products that would complement the company’s existing offerings and address total cost of ownership by promoting cost-savings through vendor reduction.
Through this, it became clear that PPE would represent an ideal solution to meet this requirement, allowing customers to benefit from cost and time savings through consolidation of supply and leveraging the supply chain expertise of a long-established, quality driven industrial distributor.
Renowned for supply and service excellence, Optimas (boasting a loyal customer base of over 5000 businesses worldwide) were able to identify a gap in the market that would also allow access to previously untapped sectors of industry.
Partnering with PPE manufacturers including Globus Group, Portwest and Beeswift, the launch finds Optimas set to meet all safety equipment requirements, from face masks and safety glasses to high-visibility clothing and workwear. Customer confidence and satisfaction will be ensured through comprehensive, onsite glove audits, sight tests and face fitting for masks and respirators.
With the correct articles identified, onsite distribution and management can be simplified with a line of affordable vending options that feature easy to use, secure, 24/7 access and boast the capacity for up to 400 pieces of essential work equipment per machine.
Furthermore, using optional best-in-class technology, driven by ‘real time’ data, Optimas can radically increase efficiencies for customers by monitoring stock levels and automating the reordering process.
Commenting on the significance of the new product range, Head of MRO at Optimas (EMEA), Craig Spencer said: “It was apparent that there was a real need for a company who already prides themselves on delivering quality, reliable solutions for direct materials to step in and provide that same level of service for PPE articles. With Optimas’ breadth of experience, expertise and geographic coverage, we are well place to fill this void and become a one stop shop for our customers.”
Lead by a dedicated and fully trained dedicated team and guided by the expert knowledge of supplier partnerships, customers will be able to access advice on how best to standardise and rationalise products, improve internal processes, realise significant savings, while simultaneously reducing existing vendor bases.
As the UK roll-out gains momentum, and as part of Optimas’ growth strategy, further expansion of the service is already underway with plans to push into EMEA in 2022.
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