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Chinese Electric Car Maker Says It’s World’s Biggest Mask Maker

  • Carmaker has built up capacity to make 5 million masks a day
  • BYD’s mask-production line is 90% made of in-house parts
Protective Masks Production at Mask Factory Co. in Hong Kong
Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

BYD Co., the Chinese electric-carmaker backed by Warren Buffett, said it is now the world’s biggest face-mask maker after starting production less than a month ago to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The company can make 5 million masks a day and is further expanding capacity, it said Friday in a statement. Founder Wang Chuanfu led a team of 3,000 engineers to build production lines from scratch using 90% in-house components. BYD didn’t specify what type of masks it makes.