HLP Klearfold, subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Hip Lik Packaging Products, who is the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic folding cartons, has become a very significant producer of single-use face shields, PPE (personal protective equipment) for use by healthcare professionals and for any other essential service providers like food service workers. Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the company has already supplied tens-of-millions of face shields to government and medical agencies in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.
Our production facility is the largest facility of its kind in the world. We have the capacity to make approximately 1 million printed plastic folding cartons per day but, in light of the need for more PPE, we’ve dedicated much of our focus and manufacturing resources to producing face shields, and we are able to manufacture nearly 600,000 per day.
HLP Klearfold and Hip Lik Packaging Products repurposed a significant portion of its production capabilities to manufacture effective single-use face shields. These face shields are made using the same raw materials, technology, and equipment as used to manufacture the company’s plastic packaging. All three of these designs are economical, lightweight, one-size-fits-most, and easily go over glasses and masks. One is a ready-to-wear face shield with a foam forehead pad and an elastic headband. The other two designs ship flat and require a minimal amount of assembly.
The company is vertically integrated, with several custom PET and PP extruders, manufacturing the films required to make plastic face shields, and it has no material supply limitations. The availability of suitable film has become a deterrent to many manufacturers that have attempted to repurpose to produce face shields in response to the COVID-19 increase in demand.