Cleanstar seeks manufacturing partner to produce face masks

Cleanstar seeks manufacturing partners as coronavirus outbreak depletes global supply of personal protective equipment.

Cleaning equipment wholesaler Cleanstar is seeking partners to produce face masks, in response to the unprecedented demand caused by the global coronavirus outbreak.

The coronavirus outbreak has led to depleted supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the globe, including surgical face masks, gowns and gloves, surgical goggles and eyewear, and mask fit test kits.

Cleanstar, a Melbourne-based wholesaler of commercial and domestic vacuum cleaners bags, filters, spare parts and equipment, is seeking a local manufacturing partner as its vacuum cleaner bags are made from the same fabric as disposable face masks.

“We have the product so we are wanting to work with an Australian manufacturer to re-purpose our bags so they can be used to make desperately needed face masks during this time,” Lisa Michalson, director of Cleanstar, said.

Michalson said businesses, including those in the commercial cleaning industry, need to re-think and adapt their current business models and product offerings in response to the pandemic.

“We are working hard to keep people in jobs and to keep the local industry thriving. We’re all in this together.”

Michalson is also campaigning to federal government for the commercial cleaning industry to be deemed as an essential service.

This week the Federal Government and South Australian Government reached agreement with Detmold Group to produce 145 million masks – 100 million for the national medical stockpile and 45 million for South Australia.

The company will over the coming months employ up to an extra 160 staff and will invest over $1 million in local supplies that will support other Australian businesses.

Earlier this week manufacturing rules for hand sanitiser were also eased by the Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)  to make it easier for local businesses to manufacture hand sanitiser.

It comes as a number of Australian businesses have joined the fight against COVID-19 by recently commencing local production of hand sanitiser including Manly Spirits Co and Archie Rose in Sydney, Adelaide’s Prohibition Liquor Co as well as Beenleigh Rum Distillery – Australia’s oldest distillery – and Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

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