A report on Teleticino looked at an enterprising restaurant owner from Varazze who, having been forced to shut up shop due to COVID-19, decided to divert his efforts to another field and make masks instead. This was what inspired an entrepreneur from Ticino to find out more and replicate this brave and socially useful project in our area. Like all of us, he was well aware of the problems linked to masks and ready supplies of them in Switzerland too. In mid-April he purchased a production line so that he could supply masks made in our area to the people of Ticino.


Production line

The production line has been customised to meet the production requirements of the Swiss market and has been set up within a space measuring approx. 700 sqm in Ligornetto.


The production involves the manufacture of about 120,000 surgical masks Type IIR EN 14683: 2019 per day, employing 10 people on 2 shifts, all residing in the Mendrisiotto.


Disposable masks should only be used once.

Before putting the mask on, wash your hands with soap and water or with a disinfectant.

Put the mask on, making sure it covers your mouth and nose and fits closely to your face.

Do not touch the mask after putting it on.

Always wash your hands with soap and water or a disinfectant solution after touching a used mask (e.g. after taking it off.

Watch the official UFSP video


Wearing a surgical mask prevents the emission of droplets of saliva that are the main vehicle for the transmission of COVID-19. Therefore, until the situation changes, it is advisable to wear a mask when you cannot keep a minimum of 2 metres away from others, for example on buses, trains, in small shops or wherever you come into direct contact with other people.