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New facility at BASF Innovation Campus Shanghai enables quick sample tests of face masks in China for the German Federal Ministry of Health

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Joining hands with the world’s leading independent inspection service provider TÜV NORD and the leading developer and producer of filter test systems Palas®,BASF recently unveiled its new Mask Testing Lab at the company’s Innovation Campus in Shanghai. This joint initiative will support the Federal Ministry of Health in Germany to procure masks from China for medical or non-medical uses.

Built within two months, the lab is equipped with world-class digitalized testing tools provided by Palas®. Lab specialists are able to test 40 samples from each lot of protective face masks TÜV NORD inspects in Shanghai every day. Masks qualified by TÜV NORD will be shipped to Germany in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The new facility allows us to monitor the mask testing process and the results directly in China, using real-time data transfer,” said Jeffery Fan, Vice President of TÜV NORD. “We are very excited to work with BASF and Palas® to test the masks in an efficient and professional manner.”

This is one of the several initiatives of BASF’s “Helping Hands” campaign rolled out in March. BASF is fighting the pandemic worldwide with a total financial commitment of approximately €100 million. “We have been working with partners and relevant authorities to alleviate the effects of the corona crisis around the world,” said Stephan Kothrade, President and Chairman Greater China, BASF. “We are very honored to work with TÜV NORD and Palas® in China to support this initiative that may help more people.”

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