JOHOR BARU: Durio PPE Sdn Bhd, a melt-blown fabric and mask manufacturer in Malaysia, has launched a series of new four-ply mask range, including a batik-print design to reflect the country’s culture.
The company’s founder Quek See Kui said the design, a purple motif against white background, gave the wearer a stylish look while being protected.
“Besides the batik face mask, we also launched our high-quality four-ply masks such as the 541 Comfort Plus, which is softer and comfortable to wear, and the 542 Active Carbon enhanced with a deodorising carbon layer to filter out unwanted odours.
“The main selling point of our masks is the high filtration level against bacteria and particles, proven with 99% bacterial filtration efficiency rate and 95% particulate filtration efficiency rate, as well as the low airflow resistant effect.
“Wearers especially appreciate the high breathability when wearing our face masks besides the fit, which comes with a flat design elastic ear loop and nose strip for snug and comfortable wear even for long periods of time, ” he said.
Quek said the new face masks were currently on sale at Durio official stores on e-commerce platforms.
Its products can also be found in selected pharmacies nationwide.
From Nov 1, following the revised government ceiling price on face masks, a box containing 40 pieces of four-ply masks will be priced at RM29.90 while three-ply blue masks are at RM24.90 per box of 50 pieces.
Quek said that during the pandemic, masks had become a necessity in daily life.
“The most important thing is to choose high quality and effective protective masks.
“As such, Durio will continue to put more effort into research and development to come up with more quality and stylish face masks for consumers so that life in the new normal can be both healthy and fashionable, ” he said.
He explained that the middle layer melt-blown fabric was the core of the face mask where it filters out viruses and bacteria, and determines the mask’s quality.
Durio ensured only the finest quality of 100% polypropylene was used to produce high-quality electrostatically-charged melt-blown material for long-lasting and high filtration efficiency, he said.
Established in April this year, the company started producing face masks in July and received an overwhelming response from the market, said Quek, revealing that he invested RM30mil to set up the company and factory with imported machinery along with local raw material suppliers.
He noted that during the movement control order period, face masks were among the hardest things to get in the market and the price had skyrocketed.
“Therefore, the company was founded on a simple idea, which is to make Malaysia self-sufficient for mask consumption and allow people to get quality masks with ease without having to pay too much.
“We have 20 units of fully-automatic face mask production lines to reach a daily production capacity of two million pieces as well as advanced equipment to test its filtration rate and airflow resistance to ensure the best quality face masks are produced, ” he said.
Quek said Durio offered a wide range of face masks including three- and four-ply versions with multicoloured and custom-printed design besides N95 filter grade three-dimensional folding masks.
In addition to the 501 blue face masks, he said the most popular design was the 502 Stylish Series which comes in purple, pink, orange, yellow and white.
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