IIT Kanpur to produce 25,000 masks per day

New Delhi: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur is going to produce 25 thousand N95 and N99 grade face masks per day to contribute to the country’s collective effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative by any IIT or a Technology Business Incubator of an academic institution of India. The production unit at IIT Kanpur was inaugurated today and its capacity is soon going to increase 30 thousand masks per day.

Masks will be manufactured in the premises of IIT Kanpur’s business incubator by a company E-Spin Nanotech in collaboration with Indeema Fibres. The company will be manufacturing both N95 and N99 masks. The production line is completely automated to prevent contamination during manufacturing and to assure the public of a safe product.

Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur said that
Face masks are a necessity right now and idea behind the initiative is that no one should have to compromise on this because of availability or affordability.

The masks will be available to the general public at a very affordable price. The masks will be available on the company’s website as well as many of the prominent e-commerce platforms.