Business booming for face mask maker in Germany
(28 Jan 2021) A former worker in the advertising and event industry has started a company in Germany to produce face masks.
Sentias, based near the western city of Wuppertal, produces medical-grade FFP2 (Filtering Facepiece) masks to meet increasing demand.
At the beginning of 2020, the company of CEO Christian Vorbau imported and distributed face masks only.
But he and his business partner began their own mask production in June after realising that the quality of the imported masks varied a lot.
Now, only some seven months later, they produce masks six days a week, in three shifts, according to Vorbau.
The small company employs 50 people and produces up to 150,000 masks per day.
Vorbau says Sentias has grown so quickly that its original start-up status "doesn't really suit us anymore".
Business is booming, especially as Germans are now required to wear masks on public transport and in supermarkets and stores.
FFP2 or KN95 masks are said to provide a better seal and filter particles more efficiently, compared to conventional cloth masks.
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