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Food packaging maker to churn out surgical masks for health workers

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South Australian food packaging manufacturer Detmold Group is transforming its business to make millions of respirator and surgical masks to help our frontline health workers battle the coronavirus.

South Australian food packaging manufacturer Detmold Group is transforming its business to make millions of respirator and surgical masks to help our frontline health workers battle the coronavirus.

The changes will create 160 new jobs for the Adelaide business, and the first orders are already in.

South Australia's government has ordered 45 million masks, and a further 100 million are needed for the national medical stockpile.

Premier Steven Marshall said the state government had contributed $1.5 million to help the company buy the machinery and tooling to get operations up in the next couple of months.

The government says there is no shortage of protective gear, but admits it's not being sent to the right places quick enough.

Mr Marshall said it was a "global shortage".

"It is a finite resource, and in some hospitals we're seeing a six-month usage in a single week," he said.

The government is now trialling protective face-mask vending machines at Flinders Medical Centre, ensuring only the right people can get their hands on them.

Mr Marshall said nurses and doctors would not be expected to pay for the equipment.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-detmold-group-food-packaging-manufacturer-making-surgical-respirator-masks/26925440-c0cc-42e8-b884-b3ea5cf59aa3

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