A factory in Grimsby will produce 10 million face masks a month to support frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
This comes after investment from Austrian-based Hygiene Austria, which was set up in April 2020 as a joint venture between Lenzing and Palmers Textil. Lenzing already employs 210 people at the Grimsby site.
Machines have been installed and are undergoing commissioning with production of masks planned for this week.
The project will create around 60 new jobs in the next three months.
The investment was secured by the Department for International Trade. It means the mouth-nose safety and FFP2-masks can now be made. Coloured face masks for children will also be produced..
Phil Munson, Managing Director at Lenzing Fibers Grimsby Ltd, added: “Although proud to work for Lenzing and its strong Austrian background, many of the team at the Grimsby plant were born locally and are keen to help in any way they can to support and strengthen the local economy.”