Coronavirus (COVID-19): A.S. Watson opens new face mask production line

Date : 05 May 2020

Charles Chan

Senior Retail Analyst

A.S. Watson has converted part of a water plant into a face mask production line in Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, responding to high demand for masks following the outbreak of COVID-19.

Capacity for 10m face masks a month

From mid-May, A.S. Watson will sell three-layer, bacterial-filtering face masks priced at HKD79.9 (US$10) per box of 30 at its Watsons stores and online in Hong Kong. The retailer’s private label, WatsMask WeCare, will be individually packaged and certified to filter 99% or more bacteria.

A.S. Watson has created six automated mask production lines, enabling it to gradually expand capacity to 10m face masks a month. The retailer has previously donated 150,000 masks to elderly people in Hong Kong.

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