Chinese firms go full throttle to manufacture masks

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  • Sunday, 02 Feb 2020

Getting creative: A man wearing a plastic water bottle with a cutout to cover his face in Hong Kong. — AFP

NANCHANG: Though many factories across China remain empty amid mass quarantine campaigns to curb the novel coronavirus from spreading, companies that produce masks are going all out to churn out much-needed supplies.

The latest figure shows the novel coronavirus has infected 11,791 people.

China produces around 50% of the world’s masks. However, the current outbreak has increased public needs and put great pressure on production.

“Everybody is wearing masks, from medical staff to ordinary people, and the masks are disposed of every day, so the demand for masks has exploded, causing the temporary shortage, ” said Li Lingshen, head of China Nonwoven and Industrial Textiles Association.

Manufacturing facilities for masks, protective wear, and screening facilities and other medical supplies are going full throttle.

Jinxian County in east China’s Jiangxi Province is home to 136 companies specialising in medical equipment production. More than 60,000 people are involved in the production and sales of medical equipment. By Thursday, all 30 companies that have mask production credentials had resumed production.

“The government is providing the maximum level of support in the purchase of raw materials and subsidies, ” said Chen Jian, who heads the county department of science, industry, and information technology.

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said the country produces eight million masks every day.

As more companies resume production, the shortage is expected to be eased. — Xinhua

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