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Textile firms struggle to make medical gears

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 30 2020   /  12:30 am
Race against time: Novita Rahayu Purwaningsih (left), a tailor for V-RA Collection, cuts materials she will use to make a hazmat suit in a showroom in Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday. The Surabaya Trade Agency has ordered 20 local micro, small and medium enterprises to create protective gear that will be distributed to hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. (Antara/Moch. Asim)(left), a tailor for V-RA Collection, cuts materials she will use to make a hazmat suit in a showroom in Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday. The Surabaya Trade Agency has ordered 20 local micro, small and medium enterprises to create protective gear that will be distributed to hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. (Antara/Moch. Asim)

Race against time: Novita Rahayu Purwaningsih (left), a tailor for V-RA Collection, cuts materials she will use to make a hazmat suit in a showroom in Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday. The Surabaya Trade Agency has ordered 20 local micro, small and medium enterprises to create protective gear that will be distributed to hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. (Antara/Moch. Asim)Indonesian textile factories are making changes to their production line by producing protective gear for medical personnel and a local start-up is producing test kits to support the nation’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, producing medical-grade supplies comes with major challenges.

Textile companies have been racing to mass-produce masks and protective suits for medical workers, said PT Pan Brothers deputy chief executive officer Anne Patricia Sutanto. The company agreed to produce 20 millio...