Sinopec’s first batch of melt-blown fabric had been used for making masks at a factory on March 9. (Photo/Hu Qingming)
Sinopec is to add 6 new melt-blown fabric production lines for protective mask materials in addition to 10 ones that it originally planned to set up, the company announced on March 10. The six production lines will be built by Sinopec Yanshan Petrochemical Company and Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd, expected to be put into operation at the end of May. Sinopec has been accelerating work in the production of melt-blown nonwoven fabric to help the anti-epidemic fight, with daily production capacity of fabric to reach 30 tonnes upon the completion of the production lines.
Facing the shortage of masks, Sinopec decided on Feb. 24 to set up a total of 10 melt-blown nonwoven fabric production lines to help make masks. Two production lines of melt-blown nonwoven fabric have been set up and put into operation in Beijing on March 6, according to Sinopec Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical Co., Ltd. Sinopec is expected to manufacture 18 tonnes of fabric that can be made into 3.6 million N95 respirators or 18 million surgical masks every day by mid-April.