A Global Challenge
Shortage of Medical Face Masks
Cause of Shortage
China is the major face mask producer in the world, contributing to 50% of the global production. Normally, China can produce about 20 million face masks per day, while the productivity during the Chinese New Year holiday was lower (12 million face masks per day).
Face mask wear is expected to continue after the pandemic with changed behaviour and attitudes towards health and hygiene.With a “Shortage of personal protective equipment endangering health workers worldwide, WHO calls on industry and governments to increase manufacturing by 40 per cent to meet rising global demand”.
The World Health Organisation | March 2020
Even if full productivity could be achieved, 20 million face masks per day would not meet the needs of a population of 1.4billion in China under a universal face mask wearing policy, let alone the rest of the global population.
Production and Supply
Supply Chain Solutions
The AFT uses Nanocellulose materials and is decoupled from the traditional supply chain, thereby eliminating the bottlenecks in the supply of chemicals and materials used in the production of face masks.
With development and initial commercialisation of the AFT to be undertaken domestically, the opportunity exists for Australia to secure a sovereign supply.
Through further research and development, QUT aims to develop the AFT to outperform traditional filtration technologies that are currently used in medical face masks.
The AFT has multiple applications including medical, construction, and air treatment industries, thereby providing a significant opportunities for both CelluAir and Nanollose.