Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. As a global health pandemic, many countries around the world are struggling with surging coronavirus cases.
Healthcare workers rely on personal protective equipment to protect themselves and their patients from being infected and infecting others.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that severe and mounting disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) – caused by rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse – is putting lives at risk.
To address this, the WHO called on industry and governments to increase manufacturing by 40 percent to meet rising global demand.
The Australian Government recently tasked Australia’s only surgical mask manufacturer, Med-Con, to increase production to help meet this demand. With only two of their three original 40-year-old machines operational, they realised that they would urgently need more mask-making machines.
Foodmach, an advanced engineering-to-order business based in Echuca, Victoria, was selected to assist with this project. Aided by the Australian Government, Foodmach was given a 60-day deadline to engineer and build the first of seven life-saving machines in order to meet urgent supply demands, targeting production of 60 million face masks by November 2020, with an ongoing annual capacity of 160 million masks.