Strata Manufacturing, a key subsidiary of Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company, has announced a strategic collaboration with global technology company Honeywell to produce N95 respirators at its facility in Al Ain City.
N95 masks are respiratory protective devices that play an important role in filtering out airborne particles.
The new N95 respirator manufacturing line, which has now commenced operations, will be the first of its kind in the GCC region, and will have an annual output capacity of over 30 million masks.
The collaboration between Strata and Honeywell aims to address the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), one of the most significant challenges currently facing governments and organizations globally as they work to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Currently, the UAE imports all N95 respirators from abroad. This manufacturing line will not only be able to meet the national requirements of the UAE’s health industry for the masks, but also transform the UAE into an exporter of this critical PPE product.
On the collaboration, Mubadala Group CEO and Managing Director Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak said: "As a responsible investor, we have been working across our global portfolio with local and international organizations to collectively respond to the COVID-19 crisis."
"By collaborating with our longstanding and valued partner, Honeywell, we will be able to deliver critical support to frontline healthcare workers and members of the wider community," observed Al Mubarak.
"This new manufacturing capability will help address the critical demand for N95 respirators, and bolster the resilience of UAE’s PPE supply chains," he added.
Honeywell Chairman and CEO Darius Adamczyk said as a global leader in advanced worker safety technologies, Honeywell is committed to ensuring that PPE products are being placed quickly and cost-effectively in the hands of those most in need, including medical professionals and those on the front lines of the fight against the spread of Covid-19.
"Mubadala has world-class manufacturing capabilities through its Strata subsidiary, and we are proud to extend the long standing, valued partnership between our companies to bring high quality respiratory manufacturing to the Middle East," he added.
Mubadala’s collaboration with Honeywell is part of its #WeAreDedicated campaign – the company’s group-wide response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its efforts to coordinate initiatives across its business platforms and assets to support communities locally and internationally.-TradeArabia News Service