World’s ‘most advanced’ face mask company opens new Rotherham factory, creating 30 jobs.

New job opportunities in Rotherham have been created by the opening of a factory, AirLab, to produce nano-fiber filtration material for a face mask company, Masuku.

The company searched different places in Europe before choosing Hellaby in Rotherham for their fist hub for the mass production of their masks with a unique technology.  

The facility is responsible for producing Masuku’s proprietary nanofiber filtration fabric and assembling face masks under control conditions. 

Natalia Vodianova, founding partner of Masuku said: “The air we breathe affects every organ and cell in our bodies, and air quality is of critical importance to both human health and the environment.

“Today our masks offer a truly safe and comfortable breathing experience, with no impact on the planet.”

The company claims it launched the world’s first technologically advanced, compostable single use face masks in April. 

Masuku One masks have a new kind of nano-fibre filtration material which provides better filtration efficiency resulting in stronger protection, breathability and comfort. 

Johann Boedecker. CEO of Pentatonic, co-founders and technology providers of the joint venture, said: “We have invested significant time and resources perfecting the creation of a mask that has better filtration, more breathability and unparalleled comfort and style. 

“Our range of masks will protect you from airborne pathogens, allergens and pollutants, all without damaging the environment as other solutions do.”

Designed and proven to compost in lab conditions, all face masks are going through the stringent certification process in Rotherham facility to back the company’s claim of producing the world’s most advanced face masks. 

Additionally, Masuku made an investment into an ongoing research and development, the company will partner with globally renowned institutions and organisations to develop future generations of high-tech. 

Written by Liliya Arutyunyan

Trainee journalist at the University of Sheffield

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