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Saudi Factories Produce Large Quantity of Masks, Sterilizers

Saudi Factories Produce Large Quantity of Masks, Sterilizers

Friday, 20 March, 2020 - 09:45
Riyadh- Mohammed al-Ayed

Saudi factories are working hard to provide abundant supplies of preventive products used to combat the new coronavirus, such as masks and sterilizers. This comes as part of government efforts to enhance the production capacities of these factories.

Government sectors are working to monitor production and provide the necessary reserves of sanitary products to ensure that they reach those in need and to offer them at local markets.

Several factories in Saudi Arabia are manufacturing face masks and sterilizers in large quantities, covering the needs of medical clinics and markets in the country.

Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday toured factories in the industrial area in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Things seemed to be running smoothly, enabling the production of masks at a rate of more than 100,000 masks per day per plant, in addition to more than 20,000 convoys of sterilizers per factory.

An owner of a medical equipment factory in Riyadh pointed out that the quantities produced by their factory are sufficient for the market and that they are in the process of hiking production during the coming days to meet any additional demand.

Faisal Al-Muammar, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Damad Medical Equipment Factory in Riyadh, said that quantities of face masks they produce are being distributed to cover all demand by local suppliers.

“The quantities produced by our factory are sufficient,” Muammar said.

“We, alongside our peers in other factories, have great potential to cover domestic production, as well as export to neighboring countries if necessary,” he added.

For his part, Nayef Al-Anazi, manager at a local company for the production of sterilizers, pointed to an increase in the demand for sterilizers by three-fold since the coronavirus outbreak.

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