Lithuania's Utenos Trikotazas starts producing protective masks

  • 2020-03-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuania's textile manufacturer Utenos Trikotazas said on Frida it is launching the production of protective masks to help fill the shortage due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The company says its fabric masks have not been certified as meeting the standards for medicinal use, but can be used as additional protective gear. 

"In response to the unprecedented situation, our technologists have developed the best product we can make with the available resources," Utenos Trikotazas CEO Petras Jasinskas said in a press release.   

"We have reorganized our production processes to start producing masks as quickly as possible," he added. 

Utenos Trikotazas now plans to manufacture over 70,000 masks and may expand production if does not run out of raw materials. 

The company will donate one the first batches of masks to the local hospital in the eastern town of Utena.