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Epson turns to making face masks during COVID-19 pandemic Featured

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Printer giant Epson is using its patented Dry Fibre technology - the same technology it uses within its PaperLab A-8000 system - to now start producing face masks for its employees, as well as many thousands of masks for donation to medical institutions.

As well as manufacturing the masks in-house for its employees, Epson says it will also donate 100,000 masks to local authorities and medical institutions where needs for personal protective equipment (PPE) have been expanding - and will also donate 5,600 face shields to the same organisations.

Epson says it does not plan to sell the masks it manufactures commercially, but the masks that it will now manufacture respond to growing demand for face masks for protection against the COVID-19 virus.

Epson’s PaperLab A-8000 in-office dry paper making system, is a dry-process* technology that enables the processing and creation of paper on-site, “in the amount you need and when you need it” - and the new masks will be made not from used paper but from functional fibres and will be manufactured at two of Epson’s production plants.

“This in turn will eliminate the need for Epson to outsource purchasing masks for its employees,” Epson said.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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