Like other countries, Turkish textile industry is also playing an effective role in measures against Coronavirus pandemic. The country is producing 1 million pieces of disposable masks in a day, as well as performing the production of the masks, named N95 and N99, providing top protection used particularly by medical personnel.
Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank stated that the country can produce disposable masks upto 2 million per day and the raw materials of masks can support up to 8 million daily productions.
As a result of the R&D studies initiated by the Ministry of National Education (MEB) within the scope of the measures taken against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the manufacturing of an automatic 3-layer wired ultrasonic surgical protective mask production machine was completed in Istanbul Küçükköy Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School. Production of 100 thousand surgical protective masks per day started in high school.
The export of technical textiles increased by 3-3.5 percent in March though the export volume decreased 17 percent. This is the result of the demand for nonwoven masks and protective clothing.