Taiwan manufacturers to export mask-producing capability

N. America, Europe, SE Asia will be among beneficiaries of large-scale industrial effort

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/07/03
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Mask production plant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has slowed down in Taiwan, the government lifted the ban on surgical mask exports June 1, and today a group of Taiwanese manufacturers is teaming up to export their know-how and equipment with regard to the quick installation of production lines to churn out the item.

Over the course of the pandemic, Taiwanese mask makers ramped up their production from 1.8 million to 20 million per day. However, demand has now fallen to about 8 million masks a day.

A team comprised of the government-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the Textile Industry Research Institute (TTRI), the Precision Machinery Research & Development Center (PMC), and a dozen manufacturers, such as packaging-machine makers, melt-blown nonwoven fabric machine makers, and earloop nonwoven mask-sealing machine makers will collaborate to help countries in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

The team is set to officially announce the forthcoming service in late July.    [FULL  STORY]

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