Taiwan emerges as 2nd largest face mask producer to fight epidemic

15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Taiwan is ramping up production of protective gear amid the threat of the Wuhan coronavirus, with factories going into overdrive manufacturing surgical masks and alcohol-based disinfectants.

Premier Su Tseng-chang inspected a manufacturer of facial mask machinery on Friday (February 14) to ensure that the 60 machines procured by the government will be put to service starting Saturday. The period of the equipment’s delivery has been reduced from six months to just one month, thanks to the joint effort of the public and private sectors, he said.

The additional capacity will translate into 6 million more masks a day by as early as late February. Taiwan is poised to emerge as the second largest surgical mask producer worldwide with daily production reaching 10 million, Liberty Times quoted Su as saying.

President Tsai Ing-wen also toured a distillery in southern Taiwan the same day to inspect the production line of alcohol used for disinfection, reported CNA. Owned by Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation (TTL), Longtian Distillery has joined with distilleries in Pingtung, Taichung, Hualien, and Yilan to boost supply of 75-percent alcohol solution, a much sought-after product which is experiencing similar shortages to facial masks.

The state-owned manufacturer and distributor of cigarettes and alcohol is traditionally known for products like liquor, beer, and instant noodles that go with the rice-based wine “Huadiao jiu”. The company has made supply adjustments that prioritise the production of disease-prevention products including rubbing alcohol.



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