ATIRA develops India’s first filter cloth
The Ahmedabad Textile Industryâ€™s Research Association (ATIRA) recently announced that it has developed a filter cloth to make N99 masks in association with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The Ahmedabad Textile Industryâ€™s Research Association (ATIRA) recently announced that it has developed a filter cloth to make N99 masks in association with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). This nano coated medium for face mask has 99+ per cent filtration efficiency.
Currently, the filter cloth material is manufactured at state of the art facility at ATIRA as per the WHO guidelines. The government of India and DRDO have given recognition to these masks.
Speaking about this, Punit Lalbhai, Council Member, ATIRA, said â€œWe are happy that we are able help the Indian government and its populace during such unprecedented times. Our partnership with DRDO has yielded something noteworthy for the country.â€
Leading this project at ATIRA, Deepali Palawat, Deputy Director, highlighted that â€œthis project is the finest example of collaboration and coordination with the government, who has moved mountains to help us procure raw materials and provide full support during lock down. We too are determined to do whatever it takes to support our nation and those working to save our lives. Fifteen staff of ATIRA including Scientific Officers and technicians are working round the clock to fulfil the order placed by DRDO of five lakh masks.â€
â€œNinety nine per cent filtration is the highest amongst all types of masks available in India. There were many challenges initially, but with untiring efforts of our highly competent scientists and research technicians we were able to successfully develop it and produce on large scale,â€ added Pragnesh Shah, Director, ATIRA.