Uzbekistan looks to start domestic production of raw materials for face masks

Uzbekistan looks to start domestic production of raw materials for face masks

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Mar. 26

By Ilkin Seyfaddini – Trend:

Uzbek company is building a plant to produce raw materials for face masks in Uzbekistan, Trend reports via Uzbek media.

The spunbond plant (spunbond - the name of the technology for production of nonwoven material from polymer) will cover the need for raw materials for face masks in the entire Central Asian region.

As part of the fight against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 doctors recommend the widespread use of face masks. Raw materials for masks production are spunbond and meltblande nonwoven.

SPUNMELT Ltd. started the construction of a spunbond plant worth $8.6 million in Bekabad city in order to provide the producers of medical masks with timely raw materials.

The project will be implemented within the framework of creating an agricultural cluster of IE Textile Technologies Group LLC. SPUNMELT operating company was established to implement the project.

The production capacity will be more than 7,000 finished spunbond fabric pieces per year.

The material is widely used in the manufacture of face masks and gowns, personal care products, diapers, cleaning and filtering materials, agriculture, light industry and furniture production.

At present in Uzbekistan all used volume of hygienic spunbond as raw material is imported mainly from China, Turkey and Russia.

Adjustment of own production will allow reducing volumes of spunbond import.

The equipment from which the production line is assembled is purchased from recognized and high quality suppliers from Europe, Japan and China.

The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019. The number of people killed by the disease has surpassed 21,300. Over 471,000 people have been confirmed as infected. Meanwhile, over 114,800 people have reportedly recovered.

Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019. Several countries are working on a vaccine against the new virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

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