Playing card maker is 3D printing visor parts for NHS following restructuring

Rollem, a Barnsley-based playing card manufacturer, is 3D printing parts for visors for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic following a company restructure.

The restructuring process included the £1.25 million sale and leaseback of its Tankersley manufacturing unit. The firm has now invested a five-figure sum in two new 3D printers to produce the parts.

Sheffield’s Wake Smith Solicitors completed the commercial property legal work for Rollem, allowing the £15,000 cash injection for the new equipment which will help the manufacturer produce up to 500 parts a week for the visors plus hundreds of buttons for protective gowns.

Stuart Murphy, managing director at Rollem, said: “Our day to day business is to manufacture top class playing cards for companies across the globe.

“Now, we are now turning our 3D printers to making parts for the NHS. We are donating printing time and materials to the project.

“These two new printers will double our capacity allowing us to make 500 parts a week for the visors. Nationally, we are contributing to the demand of more than 200,000 a week.

“Our restructuring is making a positive contribution to the national response on this crisis.

“The initiative has picked up and we are contributing to the supply chain. We are now looking regionally at companies across Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham, to see who else has spare capacity to help.”

Laura Sanderson, solicitor in Wake Smith’s commercial property division, said: “We were really pleased to be able to advise Rollem and see that investment in the company is helping the firm provide crucial equipment for key workers of the NHS.”