Haydale is pleased to announce that, further to its announcement on 1 July 2020, IRPC Public Company Limited (IRPC) has now completed the development project with Haydale and started production of its new washable functionalised graphene-enhanced fabric mask.

IRPC has now placed a follow-on order for 200Kg of Haydale’s bespoke ink, with further orders anticipated. The face masks are currently being produced for use internally within the IRPC group, with a forecasted external order book for 2021.

The design specification is planned to be reviewed in 2021 when the masks will undergo assessment for additional fabric properties such as Virus Filtration Efficiency (VFE), UV Protection and EMC protection.

Dr. Chuchawin Changtong, R&D Division Manager at IRPC, said: “We were very excited when launching graphene coated fabric masks.  We also see a great potential of graphene coated fabric in number of applications including medical application.  Speed is the key to capture market opportunity, collaboration with Haydale has demonstrated the case.”

Keith Broadbent, Haydale CEO, added: “We are pleased to see the washable functionalised graphene-enhanced fabric masks enter production. With the growth we have seen in the personal protective equipment market, we foresee a great potential in this area.”