Honeywell has today said that it will build a new production line capable of producing up to 4.5 million FFP2 and FFP3 disposable facemasks per month at its Newhouse site in Scotland.

The US company has already made commitments to produce hand sanitiser for government agencies and set up facemask production sites in the US to help support coronavirus efforts.

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“As a global leader of high quality personal protective equipment, Honeywell is committed to getting gear to those who need it most, including workers on the front line of the fight against COVID-19,” said Will Lange, President of Honeywell’s Personal Protective Equipment Business.

“Our Newhouse facility has both the physical capacity and technical capabilities to launch a large-scaler respirator production line in such a short timeframe.”

The UK Government has already ordered 70 million of the locally produced Honeywell SuperOne facemasks, with production expected to start as early as July. The masks will be distributed to the National Health Service (NHS) and social care settings.

“These 70 million masks are the result of our challenge to U.K. industry to scale-up domestic PPE manufacturing,” said Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, UK Government.

“This deal is brilliant news for the whole UK, which will not only deliver the masks we need but create around 450 jobs in Newhouse, Scotland.”

“I’m delighted to team up with Honeywell to open up another avenue to get millions of masks to the frontline and strengthen our ongoing response to the outbreak.”

This is the third new face mask production line Honeywell has announced in the last two months. The company has already started two new manufacturing lines in the US for the North American market.