March 20, 2020 / 4:34 PM / 19 days ago

3M to double production of respirator masks amid coronavirus outbreak

March 20 (Reuters) - U.S. industrial giant 3M Co said on Friday it is doubling the global production of its N95 respirators masks to over 1.1 billion a year to meet the soaring demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.

3M currently makes more than 400 million of such respirator masks a year in the United States and plans here to expand its global capacity by over 30% in the next one year.

N95 respirator masks are designed to filter 95% of airborne particles and is a more robust respiratory protective gear. (Reporting by Rachit Vats in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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