Epson applies Dry Fiber technology to make face masks

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Seiko Epson Corporation will apply its proprietary Dry Fiber technology to manufacture face masks for its employees for protection against COVID-19 in Japan.

Dry Fiber technology is a dry process that has until now been used to turn used paper into new paper inside the office. The technology is also used in Epson’s PaperLab A-8000 in-office dry paper-making system.

Rather than made from used paper, the face masks are made from functional fibers. These face masks will be manufactured at the company’s Kanbayashi and Suwa Minami Plants in Nagano, Japan, where the majority of its domestic employees are located.

Epson expected to begin manufacturing the masks from the end of May.