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CP ready to start producing masks now that materials have arrived

By The Nation

 

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Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) said on Thursday (April 9) that the chartered flight from China carrying a mask-manufacturing machine and meltblown non-woven fibre has arrived in Thailand.

 

CP imports first mask-making machine to beat shortages

 

Recently CP’s senior chairman Dhanin Chearavanont said he has invested about Bt100 million to build a factory to produce surgical face masks for medical personnel and the general public. These masks will be distributed for free.

 

CP officials said the import of the machine and material has been tough because countries are now competing for mask-manufacturing equipment because they need to fight their own Covid-19 battles.

 

“Also, there are 70 per cent fewer flights to and from China and the flight schedules are not fixed. This is why CP had to charter a flight to ensure the material and the machine arrives in time,” a CP official said.

 

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CP reckons it will take about a week to assemble the production line and test the machine before full-blown production can begin.

 

“As CP’s senior chairman has said before, the factory will be able to produce 100,000 masks per day or 3 million pieces per month,” the official said.

 

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The official added that the meltblown non-woven fibre is important because it serves as a barrier to viruses, adding that it is becoming more and more difficult to find this material and its price has risen 10-fold. Hence, the official said, CP has had to coordinate with its networks and partners worldwide to procure the material.

 

“According to international production standards, a face mask has three layers – a green spunbound material with hydrophobic coating to make it waterproof, a white meltblown non-woven fibre to make it virus proof and a lining of white spunbound non-woven material,” the official added.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385709

 

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Posted (edited)

The CP guy is the only one in that photo wearing a real mask

 

All the rest seem to be wearing the type that is coming off the machine

That type is fairly useless as sides & around nose stay open as seen in same photos

 

CP make a good pork burger though in 7/11 😉

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What happened to the high speed train?

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1 hour ago, meechai said:

The CP guy is the only one in that photo wearing a real mask

 

All the rest seem to be wearing the type that is coming off the machine

That type is fairly useless as sides & around nose stay open as seen in same photos

 

CP make a good pork burger though in 7/11 😉

They aren't useless in interrupting the gas flows as people breathe out. With no masks, you're at risk within 2-3 metres of anyone breathing, and more for a cough... sneezes can infect up to 8 metres.

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Hopefully these masks will be effective as protection against the horrendous 2.5 PM air pollution generated by affiliated sino-thai agro businesses and effecting millions, but I doubt it. ☹️

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Surgical type masks are being encouraged to be worn to slow down the spread of Covid not to stop self infection or to help with pollution.

 

They do reduce the chance that someone who is possibly infected exhaling virus particles into the air and infecting someone else.

 

This farang is fed up with other farangs coming right up to me, right in my face without a mask and asking some question. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 months of crisis and government have not one brain cell to order some machines themselves... typical

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CP would have paid for 6 of these machines last night with the unbelievable alcohol sales.

Never mint all the close contact in the rush & cross  contamination

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Thanks CP.

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20 hours ago, webfact said:

The official added that the meltblown non-woven fibre is important because it serves as a barrier to viruses, adding that it is becoming more and more difficult to find this material and its price has risen 10-fold. Hence, the official said, CP has had to coordinate with its networks and partners worldwide to procure the material.

I dont understand.  Are they saying that a price spike (gouging) has lead to innovation and companies re-tooling to meet the demand in order to profit?  And by doing so more goods and services of need are being produced for the people and entities that need them???????

 

<deleted>?  I am continually told price gouging is WRONG!  

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