The Vancouver-based firm’s subsidiary Micron Technologies Inc said Thursday its British Columbia facility is operating near full capacity to manufacture ASTM Level Three face masks amid a second wave of coronavirus cases that has hit Canada in recent weeks.
The firm said it is currently operating two manufacturing shifts and will be adding a third shift in coming weeks in an effort to meet the demand for face masks from end users, which include both municipal and provincial governments.
Canada has registered over 314,000 cases of COVID-19, with 251,000 categorized as recovered and 11,248 deaths.
Micron's Made in Canada medical grade face masks are compliant with ASTM F2100 standards. Among other technical specifications, the ASTM level three requirements ensure that medical face masks have a bacterial filtration efficiency of greater than or equal to 98%, which is the highest level of performance under the ASTM F2100 standards. Both Health Canada and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognize the ASTM F2100 standards.
The company recently shipped its first order of three-ply medical grade face masks to a lower mainland British Columbia municipality and has submitted bids to provincial government tenders.
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