A REDDITCH needle making company has expanded their operation to supply hand sanitiser to the NHS and customers around the world.

Medical supplies business Entaco has created six new jobs at their Heming Road site to produce Inspec HG, an alcohol hand sanitiser, which was created by the firm’s Midlands operation in just three weeks.

The company recently acquired a new unit on Heming Road for their new production facility, with help from Redditch agency John Truslove.

Redditch has a long needle making history and Entaco dates back to 1932 when two companies joined forces to create The English Needle and Fishing Tackle Company, now known as Entaco.

The company produces needles for a range of medical and sewing requirements, as well as its new range of hand sanitiser.

Steve Brown, operations director at Entaco, worked with managing director Ian Parker of John Truslove to source the right space for the new facility.

Mr Brown said: “As an old Redditch firm ourselves, we turned to the Redditch property experts and Ian and his team quickly understood what we needed and were able to offer us 63 Heming Road which was available immediately."

He added that hand gel was clearly going to be a way of life for everyone for a long time, if not permanently, and there was clear global demand as well as a need to supply the NHS in the UK.