UFI Filters Group is expanding its production of face masks as well as materials for the manufacture of masks and personal protective equipment.
Due to the surge in demand worldwide for masks amid the pandemic, UFI said it has decided to produce masks to meet those needs.
The company said it plans to produce 12 million FFP2-type masks per year directly from its Shanghai site. China has always been an important market for UFI, where it now has six industrial sites.
The firm also plans to produce 10 million masks per year from its Italy plant in Marcaria.
UFI’s masks are made using a single, 45 gr/sqm layer of meltblown non-woven fabric, a thickness which is well above the average required for products that can guarantee adequate protection (the minimum requirement is 20 gr/sqm).
The current production capacity of its Italy alone plant stands at nearly three million square metres of meltblown per year.
The masks will be on sale from July 2020 through its aftermarket network, as well as through the network specialising in personal protective equipment devices.
UFI added that some material has already been distributed to other mask manufacturers and to meet the significant demand during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Giorgio Girondi, the group’s chairman, said: “We are proud to be able to make a contribution during this historic time. The effects of the Covid-19 emergency are being felt across the entire world, and the crisis is placing a major strain on stocks of medical materials and devices.”
UFI CEO Rinaldo Facchini commented: “The role of filtration in ensuring personal well-being and safety is a new strategic goal for the company. The production of masks is only a beginning. The goal is to continue with the development and study of new products, making them an integral part of the company’s business.”
UFI plans to distribute the first batch of masks to its some 4,000 employees worldwide to ensure their safety.