Suavecel invested around 15 million euros in the production of personal protective equipment (PPE), which the company is exporting to 24 countries on four continents. To the masks, the company joined the production of disinfectant wipes.
Founded in 1996 and dedicated to paper transformation, Suavecel ended up turning, as a way of facing the pandemic, to the production of PPE, which started in the beginning of 2021, after having acquired three machines and fulfilled all product certification requirements.
A change that began last April in the company that employs 240 workers. According to the owner, Nuno Ribeiro, the company invested “10 million euros in the purchase of the three machines”, having started production in the beginning of 2021.
“The company is producing 600 masks per minute, which makes a total of 36 thousand per hour and 864 thousand per day, for both adults and children, a total of 51 million units per month”, adds the businessman. As for disinfectant wipes, production reaches around 180 thousand packs per day, at a rate of 120 per minute.
Suavecel masks are classified as a medical device, with a filtration capacity of more than 98% ”, complying with the EN 14683 standard.“ The masks have three layers, one of them the ‘meltblown’, an internal layer of TNT [Non-Woven Fabric], which guarantees filtration efficiency.
The production is destined for the markets where the group is present: more than 24 countries in four continents. Nuno Ribeiro predicts “a continuous expansion around the world”, with Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Angola, Nigeria, Colombia, the United Kingdom being the main markets where the company is currently present.