"National team" to alleviate the shortage of mask materials

As of 24:00 on March 6, the production of melt blown cloth of central enterprises reached about 26 tons on that day. With the new production line completed and put into operation, the production of melt blown cloth will be greatly increased in the next week, greatly easing the tension between supply and demand.


"Countless masks are coming to us!" In the middle of the night of March 6, when millions of netizens were working as "cloud overseers" in the live video of the melt blown cloth production line of the central enterprise, some netizens lamented. At 23:59:56 that day, in the Yanshan Petrochemical Plant of Sinopec in the western suburb of Beijing, the huge melting nozzle continuously spewed out white fibers, which instantly condensed into white cloth. More than 600 employees of all parties participated in the construction fought continuously in 12 days and nights. The Yanshan Petrochemical melt blown non-woven fabric production line jointly constructed by Sinopec and Sinomach Hengtian Group was successfully started at one time and produced qualified products.


According to the special working group for medical materials of the state owned assets supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, as of 24:00 on March 6, the production of the melt blown cloth of the central enterprise reached about 26 tons on that day. With the new production line completed and put into operation, the production of melt blown cloth will be greatly increased in the next week, effectively easing the tension between supply and demand.


12 days to open the mask industry chain

On February 7, Hao Peng, Secretary of the Party committee and director of the SASAC, and Hubei Xiantao Hengtian Jiahua nonwovens Co., Ltd. which is affiliated to the state machinery group and Hebei Shijiazhuang Jihua 3502 Professional Clothing Co., Ltd. which is affiliated to the Xinxing Jihua Group to produce protective clothing, stressed that quality first, wartime state and epidemic prevention first line should be adhered to In order to meet the urgent need, we need to speed up the transformation and production expansion, and try our best to achieve full production.


According to the introduction, the melt blown cloth is the filter layer in the middle of the medical mask, which has good filtration, barrier, heat preservation and adsorption. It is described as the "heart" of the mask, and is one of the important raw materials for the production of the medical mask.


Hengtian Jiahua nonwovens Co., Ltd., a holding company of Hengtian Group, a subsidiary of Sinomach group, resumed construction on January 26 (the second day of the Lunar New Year). It rapidly transferred 5 international advanced spinning and melting production lines to expand production capacity, and produced filter layer and inner and outer layer non-woven fabrics for masks. Meanwhile, it rapidly expanded the production line of masks. At present, the production capacity has reached 1.1 million pieces / day.


Sinopec, which had nothing to do with the mask's direct raw materials, also joined in the production of melt blown cloth. On February 24, Sinopec and Sinomach Hengtian Group quickly cooperated to build 10 melt blown non-woven fabric production lines, and arranged Yanshan Petrochemical, a subsidiary of Sinopec, to build a melt blown non-woven fabric production plant with an annual design production capacity of 14400 tons within half a month. Under normal circumstances, it will take about half a year to complete the construction of a 10000 ton melt blown cloth production plant. On March 6, the production process of melt blown cloth was fully opened. According to the design capacity of Yanshan Petrochemical, 4 tons of N95 melt blown cloth or 6 tons of medical flat mask melt blown cloth can be produced every day, meeting the production and supply of 1.2 million N95 masks or 6 million medical flat masks.


Increase supply and demand connection

With the efforts of all parties, the production capacity of all kinds of masks in China has been continuously expanded, and the situation of "one mask is hard to find" has been alleviated to a certain extent. On February 29, including ordinary masks, medical masks and medical N95 masks, the national daily output of masks reached 116 million, 12 times that of February 1.


Sinomach, Sinopec, PetroChina, ordnance industry group, Xinxing International China group, COFCO group, Ordnance Equipment Group From the old stores of military industry to oil companies, from the major military users to grain and oil enterprises, these "national team" enterprises also urgently layout the production line of medical masks to provide medical materials.


Analysts believe that the high price of melt blown cloth for medical mask materials recently reflects the strong market demand, and there are also hoarding caused by the expectation of manufacturers and middlemen that the mask production capacity will increase rapidly. At the same time, the large investment, high technical content, complex equipment installation, high requirements for the plant, and the need for specialized technical workers are the important factors restricting the expansion of the production capacity of the melt blown cloth. However, there are few suppliers of melt blown cloth production equipment and parts, and there are some problems such as asymmetric information of regional supply and demand, and poor connection between supply and demand.


Expand the market supply of melt blown cloth

The head of the state owned assets supervision and Administration Commission said that the state owned assets supervision and administration commission paid close attention to the changes in the supply chain and industrial chain of domestic epidemic prevention materials, and guided the central enterprises to take the initiative to make up for the weaknesses in the short board.


In Beijing, two melt blown cloth production lines of Sinopec Yanshan Petrochemical Co., Ltd. are being put into production; in Jiangsu, eight melt blown cloth production lines of Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd. are accelerating the preparation, and are expected to be completed and put into production in mid April. The total investment of 10 melt blown cloth production lines is about 200 million yuan, and the daily output can reach 18 tons of melt blown cloth for medical masks after being put into operation, which can be processed into 18 million medical flat masks.


PetroChina recently reached an agreement with its partners to form a melt blown cloth production capacity. On February 29, the first batch of melt blown cloth was transported to Fushun Petrochemical after passing the inspection. According to the person in charge of PetroChina, it is planned to form four production lines of Lanzhou Petrochemical and Liaoyang Petrochemical, and cooperate with two enterprises to form a certain capacity of melt blown cloth. It is expected that the capacity of melt blown cloth of PetroChina will reach a certain scale.


According to the person in charge of the special working group of medical materials of SASAC, the next step will be to strengthen guidance and promote relevant central enterprises to speed up the construction of production lines, put them into production as soon as possible, make production scheduling, ensure production stability, expand the market supply of melt blown cloth, stabilize market prices, further expand the production of epidemic prevention materials such as masks, and provide guarantee for epidemic prevention and control.