600% hike in raw material prices hinders mask production

Bernard Saw

The price of melt-blown cloth, a key raw material for masks, has soared by 600% due to restrictions on its procurement. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, March 26, 2020.

A 600% hike in the price of raw materials is hampering the production of masks amid rising demand in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Manufacturers told The Malaysian Insight that they are still producing the protective gear, but will stop once they run out of raw materials.

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