EANS-News: Hygiene Austria starts production of face masks at Lenzing’s production site in Grimsby, UK CNE

5/20, 4:30 PM (Source: euro adhoc)


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Grimsby - In May, the newly founded company Hygiene Austria started the
production of face masks in Austria. The product range includes mouth-nose
safety masks, FFP2-masks as well as coloured face masks for children. Stefan
Doboczky, CEO of Lenzing: "The aim of this joint venture is to provide the
residents of Austria and Europe with the best possible protection through
locally manufactured, high-quality and certified products. The echo at the start
was enormous: numerous companies contacted us within just a few hours to place
orders worth millions of euros."

From the very beginning, the founders of Hygiene Austria LP GmbH intended to
supply protective solutions not only to Austrian citizens, but also abroad. Tino
Wieser, member of the Board of Palmers: "The demand in the UK for protective
masks is massively driven by the consequent handling of Covid-19. The supply
chain is complex and serving the UK market from Austria is costly." The managers
therefore decided to implement the same approach as in Vienna. "We pull up our
sleeves, start organizing machinery and a well working raw material supply chain
and commence producing face masks locally as soon as possible", Wieser adds.
Ranil Jayawardena, International Trade Minister: "Sourcing PPE for our frontline
workers is a key priority for our government. Alongside our efforts in
international procurement, it is excellent that we have been able to assist
companies from overseas to invest in Britain too, leading to domestic production
of vital supplies."

As a production site, the Lenzing facilities in Grimsby, in the Yorkshire and
Humber region, were the best option. Phil Munson, Operations Director at
Grimsby: "We are eager to play a leading role to ensure the primary health care
to the UK population as a key supplier teaming up with our National Health
Service (NHS). Moreover, we can count on highly experienced service and
maintenance personnel here in Grimsby." Like in Austria, new jobs will be
created in Grimsby as well. Phil Munson estimates that within the next three
months there will be approximately 60 new positions.

The set-up of Wiener Neudorf serves as a blue print for the production in
Grimsby, the gained experience will allow an even faster and smoother production
start. At the site in Grimsby first production machines will be installed in May
in order to be able to start producing masks between end of May / beginning of
June with a monthly capacity of 10 million pieces. Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)
based law firm Reed Smith provided legal counsel on the incorporation of the

Zwtl.: About Hygiene Austria LP GmbH

Hygiene Austria LP GmbH was established on April 24th by Lenzing AG and Palmers
Textil AG as a hygiene competence center with the goal of fast and independent
production of hygiene items at Palmers' former production site in Wiener
Neudorf, close to Vienna. The company, in which Lenzing AG holds 50.1% and
Palmers Textil AG 49.9%, manufactures so-called mouth-nose-safety masks (MNS)/
surgical masks of class EN14683 with a monthly capacity of 12 million pieces -
to be increased to 25 million pieces soon. Only about six weeks after the
decision had been taken, the first masks were produced.

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Further inquiry note:
Filip Miermans
Vice President Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
Lenzing AG
Phone: +43 664 8477802
E-Mail: f.miermans@lenzing.com

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