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Cycling companies switch gears to produce face masks

Face masks

VERANO BRIANZA, ITALY - MARCH 25: Two designers use a CAD software to design a protective face mask at Cifra production plant on March 25, 2020 in Verano Brianza, near Milan, Italy. Cifra is a manufacturing company producing garments for leading global fashion brands. Following the novel Coronavirus outbreak in Italy, Cifra has converted its industrial activities to patent and produce a high-tech, double layered and water-repellent protective face mask for civil use, called WARP-MASK. (Photo by Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)

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Several manufacturers who usually produce cycling equipment are switching their production facilities to make face masks to use during the coronavirus outbreak.

Santini, an Italian company that produces the rainbow jerseys worn by world champions, says its prototype of polyester fabric is washable and can be used up to 10 times.

Other companies shifting production focus to personal protective equipment (PPE) include Kitsbow Cycling Apparel, a California company now making face masks and shields, and Orucase, a California company that says it can produce 500,000 masks per week for use in the U.S. and Mexico.

North Carolina company Industry Nine is working with Kitsbow on PPE and hopes to make its machinery available to produce ventilator parts once regulatory hurdles are cleared.

USA Cycling has pledged to donate 50% of its membership sales to support the companies’ efforts.

Other sports companies who are now making medical equipment include:

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