UAE commences mass production of N-95 masks

by Muizat Hameed

The Abu Dhabi-based sovereign investor, Mubadala Investment Company, as part of its wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic has announced a collaboration with Strata Manufacturing and Honeywell to commence the production of N-95 masks at Strata al-Ain’s facility.

The new N95 respirator manufacturing line, whose operations has commenced is projected to produce at least 30 million masks annually.

This collaboration aims at addressing the urgent and pressing need for Personal Protective Equipment) PPE) and reduce the challenge faced by the governments and organizations globally, since the onset of the pandemic.

N-95 masks, which are currently imported from abroad to the UAE, are respiratory protective devices that play an important role in filtering out airborne particles and it is hoped that the manufacturing line will also transform UAE into an exporter of this critical PPE product.

Whie commenting on the collaboration, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Mubadala, said, “As a responsible investor, we have been working across our global portfolio with local and international organizations to collectively respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

“By collaborating with our longstanding and valued partner, Honeywell, we will be able to deliver critical support to frontline healthcare workers and members of the wider community. This new manufacturing capability will help address the critical demand for N95 respirators, and bolster the resilience of UAE’s PPE supply chains.”

Darius Adamczyk, Chairman and CEO of Honeywell, also said, “As a global leader in advanced worker safety technologies, Honeywell is committed to ensuring that PPE products are being placed quickly and cost-effectively in the hands of those most in need, including medical professionals and those on the front lines of the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

“Mubadala has world-class manufacturing capabilities through its Strata subsidiary, and we are proud to extend the long standing, valued partnership between our companies to bring high quality respiratory manufacturing to the Middle East.”

Mubadala’s collaboration with Honeywell is part of its #WeAreDedicated campaign — the company’s group-wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its efforts to coordinate initiatives across its business platforms and assets to support communities locally and internationally.

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