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Mouthguard manufacturer Opro moved into new premises at the turn of the year. David Pittman went along to take a look at its new manufacturing process.

Mouthguard manufacturer Opro moved into new premises in Hemel Hempstead in January after outgrowing its previous facility in Hatfield.

The facility was officially opened a few weeks ago when dignitaries from the dental, sporting and trade professions were invited for a tour of the state-of-the-art manufacturing process, onsite storage and open plan offices.

The new facility was purpose-designed to suit Opro’s requirements as it is the first company to occupy the building. This gave Opro the freedom to tailor the offices and laboratory to its liking, even down to the flooring in the communal lunch area where much of the opening party took place.

From a practical point of view, the laboratory and bespoke mouthguard manufacturing line are a vast improvement on its previous facilities, Opro’s laboratory director Paul Swann said.

It includes a new ventilation system that removes much more of the dust and detritus produced in the manufacturing process, greater use of natural lighting and a linear production cycle that sees the bespoke mouthguards pass through each of the necessary stages in order.

For more, see the May issue of SGB Sports.