Companies Offering KN95 Masks
ProcurementIQ provides a list of vendors offering KN95 masks
MN-based 3M is one of the largest manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the world. In addition to producing safety products, they also manufacture industrial and consumer products. They produce large quantities of KN95 masks that are mostly provided to buyers in China. However, given they now have an exemption to provide these masks to domestic buyers, they have routed some KN95 masks to the United States. More specifically, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is importing certain KN95 models to the United States for distribution. No entity other than FEMA is directly acquiring these models from 3M for use in the United States. Entities that are determined to need the masks most will be allocated masks.
Allmed is a Chinese manufacturer of medical supplies and equipment. In addition to producing masks, they offer other disposable items, such as woven gauze swabs, gauze balls, abdominal pads, laparotomy sponges and more. Their masks currently meet emergency use authorization (EUA) requirements; as a result, they are authorized by the FDA to provide KN95 masks to the United States. Their masks are single-use and disposable. Unfortunately, as they are a smaller manufacturer located in China, there is limited information on their product availability and manufacturing output.
AOK Tooling Limited is a China-based company that primarily manufactures assembly equipment and tooling. The company is now offering KN95 masks that meet EUA eligibility criteria and are thus approved by the FDA to provide masks to the United States. While there is limited information available from AOK Tooling, distributor Huzhong Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd is currently stocking 100,000 KN95 masks per week from various manufacturers, including AOK tooling. They report that order quantities exceeding five million pieces are difficult to fulfill, while quantities between 20,000 and 50,000 are ready to ship.
BYD is historically a technology company that recently shifted significant resources to face mask production and now operates the world’s largest face mask plant, producing surgical masks, KN95 masks and now N95 masks. They are authorized by the FDA to provide KN95 and N95 masks to the United States. They estimate that their manufacturing operations are able to produce over 5 million KN95 masks per day with plans to further increase production levels. BYD produces KN95 masks in Shenzhen, China.
Guangzhou Harley Commodity Company is an established Chinese manufacturer of PPE. In addition to medical-grade masks, they offer anti-dust and anti-smoke masks. Their KN95 masks meet EUA eligibility and are therefore included on the FDA’s approved list. They produce 300,000 masks per day. While they have an order minimum in place, the required quantity is unknown. They are unable to provide masks to new customers until August as they are currently running at full capacity to address their backlog. Healthcare providers and first responders take priority over other buyers. Their KN95 masks are produced in Guangzhou, China.
Guangzhou Powecom Labor Insurance Supplies Company provides a wide range of masks, including KN95 masks. Among their other mask offerings are gas masks, carbon masks and dust respirators. Their KN95 masks meet EUA eligibility and are therefore included on the FDA’s approved list of made-in-China masks. They are currently accepting orders as large as 500,000. However, they do not specify a lead time. The company can produce about three million KN95 folding masks per day.
Weini Technology Development Company is an established Chinese manufacturer of PPE. They mainly produce masks for industrial environments, sports applications and everyday wear, but have recently begun providing medical-grade masks to serve the pandemic. They have been operating since 1995. Their masks meet EUA eligibility and are therefore included on the FDA’s approved list of made-in-China masks. Because this company is a relatively small manufacturer based in China, there is limited information about production capacity and inventory levels.
- EUA criteria introduced in April has since been revised after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) testing revealed that some Chinese-made KN95 masks do not adequately protect users from fine particles. On June 9, the FDA posted a list of more than 40 Chinese-based vendors with inferior products that are no longer authorized by the FDA.
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