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Europa Warehouse has packaged and despatched over 5 million Covid-19 test kit bags on behalf of Southgate Packaging since the start of the pandemic and continues to issue 100,000 tests a week.

Southgate designed the self-seal bag for the testing kits so that once the test is complete, the bag can be resealed to minimise excessive handling.

Along with packaging the Covid-19 testing kits, Southgate has increased its portfolio of sanitisation and wellness products.

Europa Warehouse has worked with Southgate Packaging for the past five years, running the operation out of its Minworth (Birmingham) site. In 2015 the company relocated its entire distribution centre to operate from Europa’s facility in Minworth.

Craig Turner, managing director of Southgate Packaging, said: “Southgate have been awarded many large PPE contracts through the early phase of this pandemic, and it has been very inspiring and fulfilling for our great team of people to know that their efforts and the hard work that they are putting in everyday throughout this difficult crisis is supporting and underpinning some of the greatest needs that the people and government of this county are facing right now.

“The plastic self-seal bags that we have developed for the Covid testing kits are very effective and mean that they can be totally sealed off and ready to travel via the domestic postal service once completed.”

Southgate Packaging are not only supplying the majority of the Covid-19 self-seal kit bags, it is also supplying other PPE and Covid-secure products including infrared thermometers, sanitisation fogging units, welfare stations, welfare screening, sanitising stations, face masks, face visors, and aprons.

Maria Torrent-March, warehouse director at Europa, said: “Our essential work with Southgate shows how the logistics sector is vital, and we continue to do our bit to support the NHS at such a hugely challenging time.”