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Prestige Diagnostics UK is now exporting its testing devices to distributions around the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America

Prestige Diagnostics UK is now exporting its testing devices to distributions around the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America

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Prestige Diagnostics UK is now exporting its testing devices to distributions around the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America

A Co Antrim medical testing company has said it's manufacturing "millions" of Covid-19 rapid test kits for export.

Prestige Diagnostics UK is now exporting its testing devices to distributions around the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.

Alan Rodgers, the founder and managing director of the Ballymena firm, said it's preparing to "significantly ramp up" its operations to meet unprecedented demand for its product range.

He said: "When news of Covid-19 first started to emerge several months ago, we reacted quickly in investing significant time and resources to develop an innovative new product range that could serve the enormous demand for Covid-19 testing kits.

"Our research and development team have worked hard to deliver a range of high-quality rapid test devices - ranging from a simple finger prick 10-minute fast-responsive test and nasal and throat swab tests, to more detailed testing suitable for GP clinics and hospital laboratories - all offering accurate results every time.

"The Prestige Diagnostics testing devices are now being used by health services across the world, serviced via the company's international distribution network. In addition, the firm is supplying its devices directly to industry - such as the oil industry in Scotland, testing workers before they enter and as they leave an oil rig.

Party leaders at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council said the company was to be commended for the agility of its response to Covid-19.

They said it was a "tremendous example of the innovation and agility that underpins so many of our indigenous firms".

Belfast Telegraph