Spa Business issue 2 2020

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Noel Asmar has just launched two stylish face masks

Spa suppliers around the world are making the industry proud by pivoting production and donating thousands of pieces of equipment and products to support those fighting coronavirus on the frontline

Oakworks manufactures 1,000 beds a week for hospitals


Jeff Riach

S-based supplier Oakworks has developed FDA-approved emergency equipment to help meet the demands and anticipated shortage of US hospital beds and examination tables during the coronavirus pandemic. Oakworks creates spa, massage and medical equipment and is supplying two different specially-developed field bed models for hospitals or overflow centres. “We’ve moved very quickly to develop these beds, focusing all of our engineering capacity to get production up to speed quickly,” says CEO Jeff Riach. “I’m very proud of our team developing the capacity to build 1,000 beds a week so quickly.” Oakworks counts brands such as Aman, Mayo Clinic and Canyon Ranch as its customers.

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RKF works with French government to assist PPE crisis


KF Luxury Linen is aiding the global shortage of PPE brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s working with the French government to provide up to 10,000 protective gowns and 100,000 masks a week to supply hospitals, nursing homes and paramedics. The company’s largest factory in Luxeuil is now solely dedicated to only producing protective equipment and the Belfort production site has also been enlisted to help. “We know we’ll beat this, but until then we’re doing everything in our power to keep our frontline safe and protected,” says CEO Riadh Bouaziz.

Riadh Bouaziz

“Now more than ever we must also come together as a community and formulate our plan to bring positive solutions for the ‘new normal’ for our spa and hospitality industry.”

Hydrafacial switches production to ventilators


esthetic technology supplier The Hydrafacial Company has announced it is redirecting its manufacturing to produce ventilators – essential equipment in the treatment of COVID-19 – to ease shortages in US hospitals. Hydrafacial’s engineering team are working with a Californiabased company to shift production and build the ventilators. In addition, it’s already supplying critically needed reusable face masks. The masks are washable up to 30 times and made from a fabric with antimicrobial properties. A company statement says: “While these are not N95 masks for the frontlines of COVID-19, these are medical protective masks for other essential healthcare workers and other businesses.”