Coronavirus disease 2019 epidemic is getting worse, global masks are in short supply?
Thursday, 21 Jul, 2022
The sudden outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 caused China to suffer major losses in 2020, and it is also affected all over the world. As a new type of coronavirus, the epidemic is spreading globally at an extremely rapid rate. At present, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy and the United States have now become the new severely infected areas. For ordinary people, wearing a mask has become the most popular method for preventing coronavirus disease when no vaccine is currently available. Masks have become the most important materials in demand. However, due to the serious shortage of market inventory, masks suddenly became a shortage of supplies during the epidemic.

As protective products, masks are mainly used in the two professional fields of labor protection and medical protection. Masks can be divided into four categories according to their use: ordinary gauze masks, medical masks, daily protective masks and industrial dust masks. According to a research report by HJ Research, the total global mask output in 2019 is about 11.6 billion, of which medical masks account for the largest proportion, accounting for 45% of the total output; followed by ordinary gauze masks, which account for about 23%; industrial dust protection masks and daily protective masks accounted for 18% and 14%, respectively. Among them, only medical masks have protection against new coronavirus. China's mask production accounts for about 50% of the global mask production. In 2019, China's mask industry output value is about 10.2 billion yuan, and the total mask production exceeds 5 billion. As the epidemic situation in China is gradually under control, mask companies in China have resumed work, the capacity utilization rate of the mask industry in China has reached 110%, and the daily output has reached 116 million.

However, according to WHO estimates, there is a serious shortage of personal protection resources such as global masks, disposable gloves, and goggles, and the current consumption is more than 100 times the usual. Therefore, the shortage of global masks is an unavoidable problem. To meet growing global demand, WHO estimates that the supply of personal protective equipment must increase by 40% globally. Governments should encourage related industries to increase production.

The upstream of the mask industry is mainly polypropylene (PP), polyester and other raw material suppliers. The midstream is PP non-woven fabrics, melt blown fabrics, nose bridge strips, ear band material manufacturers and the manufacturers of mask sheeting machines, mask belt spot welding machines and mask packaging machine. The downstream industry chain is mainly major factories, hospitals and ordinary consumers.

For more information, please visit: Global Medical Disposable Masks Market Professional Survey 2019 by Manufacturers, Regions, Countries, Types and Applications, Forecast to 2024