I spent the beginning of the year in Taiwan for the first time in three and a half years.
Although it continued to rain, the temperature was around 20 degrees Celsius, making it very warm.
Everyone wore masks outdoors, and there seemed to be a higher level of awareness about masks than in Japan. It seems that the people are now wearing masks thoroughly, as a lesson learned from the large-scale infection caused by SARS in the past.
Then, I visited a Taiwanese mask manufacturer factory that I have been working with for many years, and since photography of the equipment is prohibited, I got a glimpse of the backs of the employees.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are being extremely cautious, so the masks worn by everyone at the factory, including employees, are N95/P520 masks, which are part of a crowdfunding project currently underway.
Compared to the manufacturer's conventional N95, it is very easy to breathe and has a high adhesion, so you can work safely and comfortably.
It's been about 20 years since we founded Mask in a small town factory and moved to our current factory.
We are growing step by step, and as our business develops, we are looking forward to opening a new factory next spring.
Our Su:5 mask was jointly developed by the Taiwan Textile Industry Research Institute (TTRI), a Taiwanese government agency, and the manufacturer, and was granted utility model rights in 2003. The shape is similar to South Korea's KF94, but I was able to hear that it originated here in Taiwan, so it reminded me of a downtown rocket. lol
This time, I visited TTRI and was able to hear about how they distributed masks throughout Taiwan during the coronavirus pandemic, and I was once again impressed by the technology that Taiwan, a major country in masks, possesses.
The path we have taken to achieve the best technology has given us confidence, and we will continue to work hard to share good products with everyone.
That's how I felt during my trip to Taiwan.