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Philippines promotes advantages in PPE manufacturing at Japanese event

Feb '21
Pic: PR Newswire
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The Philippine government, in partnership with the Japan Hygiene Products Industry Association (JHPIA), recently organised an online briefing with JHPIA members to promote investment opportunities in the former for manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene products and medical supplies based in Japan.

The country is now producing over 80 million face masks, 10.2 million pieces of medical-grade coveralls and 65,700 face shields every month.

The webinar showcased the competitive advantage of the Philippines as a manufacturing base for companies not only from Japan but also from neighbouring markets like Taiwan, South Korea and Malaysia, according to an official press release.

The Philippines currently has an active and productive PPE manufacturing sector, with 300 businesses engaged in the textile and garments industry and a highly skilled workforce of 510,000 capable of efficiently producing PPEs.

The Philippines also has a large and well-established chemical and chemical products sub-sector. The medical supplies industry there is estimated to contribute at least $165 million in sales annually.

To date, 42 production lines including textile factories, garment plants and yarn spinning mills have been repurposed to manufacture PPE, and over 1.5 million litres of alcohol, sanitizer and hand spray are now produced monthly in the Philippines.

The Japanese face mask manufacturer Yokoisada is one of several international businesses to successfully set up operations in the Philippines.

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