Faced with a global pandemic and massive personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages in the United States, three large textile companies—Merrow Manufacturing, ColorWorks and Bolger & O’Hearn—each strong in its own niche, banded together quickly during the spring to help fill America’s explosive demand for personal protective equipment (PPE). Merrow Manufacturing is a massive, high-tech cut and sew operation, typically used by fashion and textile brands to make hard and soft textile goods. Bolger & O’Hearn provided the high-powered durable water repellents designed to repel oil, water and blood when applied to PPE fabrics. ColorWorks took charge of the dyeing and finishing of millions of yards of fabric used to make the PPE.
Chinese firm builds protective suit production line in 8 days
Korla Bingjuan Garment Co, a garment factory in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, in February built a production line in eight days to make protective suits for medical professionals in a nationwide effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak and reduce supply shortage. Workers need to go through four disinfection procedures to enter the workshop. The company is now engaged in round-the-clock production. The company is based in the Korla Economic and Technological Development Zone and has become the first medical protective clothes producer in southern Xinjiang. The production line passed an official appraisal recently and started production soon after. It churned out 1,000 sets of suits daily.
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PPE suit developed at innovation cell of Indian Navy
The innovation cell of the Institute of Naval Medicine of the Indian Navy in July developed a cost-effective PPE suit which does not require any lamination, making it comfortable to wear. The manufacturing know-how of the PPE suit has now been transferred to five MSMEs of the country which put together plan to produce more than 10 million PPEs per year. The PPE suit – NavRakshak – will be manufactured to meet the countrywide demand of quality PPE kits. National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) licensed the manufacturing knowhow.
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