Mask manufacturing takes off

Haffner Murat is expanding its mask production operation to meet growing global demand, having secured a sizeable contract with the USA.

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company manufactured face masks to help overcome the global shortage.

Dave Thomas, managing director of Haffner Murat, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the continued demand for face masks. As such, we are opening a new dedicated factory in Istanbul and building 25 machines to fulfil growing order volumes. By opening a new facility to focus on face mask production, we can maintain lead times for our core operation, which is automation machinery.”

Dave said that demand for automation machinery is also on the rise since the Stafford-based company reopened its business in June.

“Fabricators realise they are going to have to look at new ways of working to be able to operate efficiently in the new normal,” he said. “Automation machinery allows them to maintain social distancing without compromising quality or efficiency, and we are seeing increasing order volumes as a result.”