Major mask producer ready to meet demand
A mask manufacturer on Shanghai's outskirts is working around the clock to produce around 40,000 a day that can protect against the current coronavirus outbreak.
Shanghai Yuanqin Purification in Fengxian District’s Qingcun Town makes masks for Honeywell and 3M as well as its own brand. The KN95 mask it produces can filter up to 95 percent of particles and has been listed as effective protection against the virus.
All the masks it produces have been under unified government allocation to stabilize market price and ensure supplies to medical care personnel and others in need, said Liao Huolin, the company’s board chairman.
Over 30 workers, including many recalled from their Spring Festival holiday and nearby villagers, are working overtime to ensure production. The company had received a total order of 5 million masks during the outbreak, said Liao.
However, a core material for the KN95 mask is in short supply. The company can maintain production until January 27 for over 100,000 new masks with manufacturing expected to resume by February.
Medical-style masks have sold out at many pharmacies and supermarkets in Shanghai. Honeywell has said it's increasing its production capacity and was working with all parties to meet demand.
The city’s market regulation administration has said that officials are monitoring prices closely.