Indonesian PPE producers gear up for
Amid an excess in national supplies during the ongoing
COVID-19 pandemic, six Indonesian
personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturers are
preparing to export coveralls as they now meet international
standards for the product. The companies have passed quality
tests for water resistance and hydrostatic pressure set by
Association of Textile Chemists and Colourists (AATCC),
called AATCC 42 and 127,
Their products also qualify for the protective clothing
standard set by the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO) under ISO 16604.
The announcement was made by the country’s industry minister
Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita recently, according to a report
in an Indonesian newspaper.
Kartasasmita said domestic PPE producers can now provide 648
million coveralls every year, which far exceeds the annual
domestic consumption of 11.3 million.
The export plans come after the trade
ministry recently revoked an export ban on healthcare
manufacturers to ship abroad simple masks, N-95 masks,
coveralls, surgical gowns and raw materials for face masks
amid domestic oversupply.
Meanwhile, the country’s total exports were down by 28.95
per cent year on year in May at $10.53 billion, the lowest
level since July 2016, due to reduced shipments of coal,
coffee, palm oil, as well as oil and gas.
Apart from coveralls, the minister said Indonesia could now
produce 3 million N-95 masks and 4.7 billion surgical masks
per annum, which also far surpassed estimated domestic needs
at 172 million masks every year.