Innovative Reusable Face Masks

Researchers at A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) have found a way to make reusable face masks that have the merits of disposable surgical masks, yet are washable like cloth masks. Collaborating with local textile and apparel manufacturer Ramatex, which has deep knowledge in fabrics, the production of these reusable masks ramped up local mask availability and eased demand for surgical masks. Ramatex began production of these reusable masks in Singapore in April 2020, further contributing to national efforts to combat the transmission of COVID-19.

Ramatex Mask
Ramatex masks in production.