Utenos Trikotažas: demand for multi-use face masks has surged: new models are produced and protective features are improved
In the light of the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Lithuania, before the government announced that wearing face masks in indoor public spaces was mandatory, Utenos Trikotažas of the SBA Group had recorded an increase in demand. In the past week, the demand for masks has increased several times.
“When a lockdown was declared in the country in March, we were among the first to have started the mass production of face masks. It was necessary to restructure production processes and to build everything from scratch. This time we have over 100,000 multi-use face masks of different models. We will continue production and are ready to meet the needs not only of individual buyers, but also huge needs of companies," Marijus Kriščiūnas, head of the Commerce Department of Utenos Trikotažas, said.
According Marijus Kriščiūnas, the production of masks has never stopped at Utenos Trikotažas – following the lifting of the lockdown in Lithuania, the demand still remains in Europe.
“We are producing face masks not only for Lithuanian customers, but also for public institutions, companies from various European countries, where the requirement to wear masks has never been lifted and the population is more active in complying with the recommendations. Our supply system is ready for a leap in demand, we will be able to expand it to meet the needs of our customers at any time. We deliver the masks ordered online at www.utenostrikotazas.lt free of charge in Lithuania within 2-3 business days," Kriščiūnas said.
Utenos Trikotažas offers several different models of face masks – double or triple layer masks, masks of three different sizes and of various patterns. In most cases, customers choose not one, but several face masks made from soft modal and blended fabric, coated with polypropylene that prevents the moisture from entering the mask material. Customers prefer face masks in subtle colours, but they also purchase fun, colourful masks, especially for children. Some of them are zero waste, the same as the new T-shirt and jumper collection of Utenos Trikotažas made from industrial textile leftovers.
The company's Innovation Department is currently developing new face mask models and looking for solutions to better protect people from infection. Since March, when Lithuania announced the lockdown, Utenos Trikotažas has sold over 400,000 face masks.
At the beginning of the lockdown, when Lithuanian doctors lacked personal protective equipment, the company, together with other SBA Group companies, provided 20,000 face masks to medical institutions of the country and the employees dedicated one Sunday for making face masks for doctors.