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Coimbatore mask makers expect new orders as government allows exports


Coimbatore mask and coverall manufacturers hope to tap export orders as the government has permitted export of surgical masks. Raja Shanmugham, President, Tiruppur Exporters’ Association, said the government’s decision to allow masks exports will benefit manufacturers who had invested in machines to make coveralls and masks. Though the government had earlier permitted export of non-surgical masks and coveralls, manufacturers were unable to do so as there was no clarity and exporters were unable to get quotas.

According to A Sakthivel, Chairman, AEPC, garment manufacturers who have taken to manufacture of masks will benefit from the government’s decision to permit export of surgical masks.

KS Sundararaman, Chairman, Indian Technical Textile Association says, the government’s decision to permit export of two-ply and three-ply masks with quota restrictions will benefit export, However, the government should permit export of N 95 masks too gradually. There are international standards to be met for export of surgical masks but the manufacturers will be able to meet the standards, he said.