As many countries across Europe have found themselves in short supply of medical scrubs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Trendtex, a Serbian-based manufacturer of workwear, is scaling up and re-focusing its production.
Known for making high-quality workwear for global brands such as Stihl, Kärcher, Audi, Mercedes, MAN and Rolex, Trendtex has given itself over entirely to producing medical uniforms and invested in new equipment to manufacture reusable face shields and poncho-type coats.
Of the 3.5m medical uniforms the company already produces each year, 80% are sold in Germany, with Denmark, France, Italy, Poland and Sweden also among its buyers.
With the onset of the coronavirus, the company has been working around the clock to meet the fast-growing demand in the EU. Not all products were destined for export, however, as thousands of masks have been donated to Serbian hospitals.
Trendtex is now working to double its production capacity with business advice from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the EU.