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Australian packaging company Detmold has secured contracts from South Australian (SA) and Federal governments to supply respirator and surgical masks amid the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

The two governments have entered into agreement with Detmold to manufacture 145 million masks.

Out of the total, 45 million will be supplied to SA Health and 100 million for the Federal Government’s National Medical Stockpile.

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Employing up to 160 additional workforce, Detmold will manufacture the masks from its Brompton facility in Adelaide.

The company will leverage specialised machinery for the production, which is expected to begin in May.

Detmold chief executive officer Alf Ianniello said: “Detmold is a South Australian company with a long history of employing locals, so to be able to assist with both flattening the curve in this time of crisis and helping keep South Australians in work is immensely rewarding.”

“We expect to have the capacity to manufacture over 20 million masks per month by June, and the facility will produce both surgical masks and respirator masks.”

The move to increase the supply chain came follows growing export restrictions and demand from countries around the world.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said: “Through this partnership we can be confident we will have an uninterrupted supply of respirator and surgical masks to provide our doctors and nurses working on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19.”

The number of infected persons from coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached 736,944 globally, while death toll of the outbreak stands at 35,116.