Screentec to start production of FFP3 masks
Screentec is expanding its PPE product catalogue in order to answer the increasing need for personal protection equipment (PPEs). The company has already set up mass production of face protecting visors and is now including the FFP3 masks in its offering.
In March 2020, Screentec’s Chief Technology Officier, Mikko Paakkolanvaara, got the idea to start producing the Screentec V3 Visor after seeing that there was a great shortage of domestic PPE in Finland. In just a few weeks, Screentec managed to set up mass production of these devices and the CE mark certification is well underway. Weekly production volumes of the Visor V3 are already in excess of 30 000 units per week and production speed is being ramped-up constantly.
New measures both in Finland and the rest of the EU show that there is also an unprecedented need for FFP3 masks. These masks protect the user from a minimum of 99% of particles, with leakage of 2% or less under EU standards. This means they are some of the best pieces of protective gear available to prevent infections from happening. Urgent action is needed to make sure that enough FFP3 masks are available to both healthcare professionals and other people in the near future.
Screentec has recently struck a deal with 5 university hospitals across Finland to set up a production line for almost six million FFP3 masks. Production of the masks is scheduled to start in June 2020. It will involve significant investments in production equipment and logistics, but Screentec’s CEO, Mr Antti Tauriainen, is confident that the company is able to meet this new challenge.
‘With the Visor V3 production, we were able to show that our company is able to quickly set up production lines and deliver on promises. This gave hospitals the confidence to choose us as their partner for this task,’ commented Tauriainen. ‘The Visor V3 production line enabled us to hire between 18-26 new people, which is a significant increase for us. We would like to keep these people on in the future as well, so we are taking steps to ensure that their employment is sustainable. Our company has been around for over 30 years and we always keep the long run in mind,’ he concluded.