Subic Bay Freeport – The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has given the green light to establish a factory to manufacture face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to help meet continued demand for health safety equipment in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
SBMA chairman and director Wilma T. Eisma said the new Taiwanese company Mask Secure King Inc. (MSK) will help increase the country’s production capacity for medical consumables, an industry sorely lacking in players. adequate even before the pandemic.
Eisma said MSK has committed $ 500,000 for the manufacturing project and will employ 35 workers in its first year of operation.
The company, which is under the umbrella of Taiwanese construction and engineering giant MSK Group Work Inc., will operate under the trade name âSecure Masks and Protective Gearsâ.
She added that MSK will set up a manufacturing facility here at Subic Bay Gateway Park II, where it has leased 1,860 square meters of construction space from Taiwanese real estate developer Xantheng Subic International Corp.
According to the SBMA Business and Investments Department for Manufacturing and Shipping (BID-MM), the Subic agency approved MSK’s proposal earlier this month after filing a certificate of registration and tax exemption. (CRTE).
The registered business activity of the company is focused on the manufacture of medical devices, medical tools and equipment, medical consumables and personal protective equipment and equipment.
Among the PPE that MSK will produce include disposable medical masks, gloves, eye and foot protection devices, protective hearing aids such as earplugs and muffs, hard hats, respirators and coveralls. integrals.
BID-MM Director Karen Magno said SBMA has already approved at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (DTI) the purchase by MSK of mask machines from Taiwan, as well as the import of non-woven mask materials for its Subic manufacturing operations.
MSK will be the first company registered by Subic to start manufacturing health and safety products and personal protective equipment, Magno said.
Another company, which had since moved to Bataan, previously only produced hospital textiles and clothing in Subic.
Eisma said MSK’s operation will increase local production of N95 medical masks, PPE suits, as well as ventilators that had no known local producers before the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the same time, she said it would boost the growing confidence of Taiwanese manufacturers in the Subic Bay free port area and further expand MSK’s development footprint here.
The SBMA chief noted that MSK Group started a P2 billion luxury residential project here in 2017, while Xantheng followed it up with a P15 billion green industrial park development project last year.
She said Taiwanese investors, especially the MSK Group, have thrived here and have continually supported and contributed to the development of the Subic Bay Freeport Area.
âThis MSK manufacturing project will be another welcome addition to our list of timely commercial projects here in Subic,â added Eisma.