Iris Ohyama donates face masks
The Japanese company Iris Ohyama Europe B.V., located in Tilburg, donated a total of 60,000 face masks last week. The company, that manufactures a wide variety of home, DIY, pet, craft and office plastic products, home appliances and face masks contributes in this way to the fight against the coronacrisis.
60,000 face masks donated
Last week, a total of 60,000 face masks arrived in the Netherlands from their production facility in Suzhou, China. The face masks are produced according to the Japanese quality standards and are destined for non-medical use: FFP-1 standard face masks.
A part of these masks have been donated to the Amphia hospital in Breda and to several nursery homes around Tilburg. The masks will mainly be used for outpatient use. Furthermore, masks have been donated to 3 German hospitals in Hamburg (Asklepios Service), Dortmund (Klinikum Westfalen and Düsseldorf (Bethesda Krankenhaus Bergedorf). A number of face masks have also been donated to German hardware stores such as Bauhaus and Obi, as they will be used for the safety of their employees.
Subsequently, there are various containers on the way with more face masks that will be sold in the Netherlands, Germany and France. These masks will mainly be used for store employees, visitors and consumers.
Iris Ohyama is currently working on increasing their production capacity in order to produce more face masks. At this moment, their production facility in China (Dalian and Suzhou) produces 150,000 face masks each day. As of June, 40 production lines will be started from June in Japan (Kakuda near Sendai). 16 production lines will be started from August in the USA (Wisconsin) and 8 production lines will be started from September in France.