2019/12/16  
As Hong Kong protests continue, demand for gas masks soars (2019/08/13)
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    As Hong Kong protests continue, demand for gas masks soars (2019/08/13)

    Over the past few weeks, Hong Kong police have turned to firing tear gas to disperse crowds. Such assaults have driven up the demand for gas masks and other equipment that protesters use for protection. Here in Taiwan, retailers report that sales of gas mask cartridges have shot up since the protests began. The retailers say many buyers appear to be Hong Kongers, who snap up dozens of units of defensive equipment at a time.

    As Hong Kong's anti-extradition bill protests escalate, demand has increased for gear to protect against tear gas fired by police. Here in Taiwan, the demand has brought up sales of gas masks and filters.

    Half mask respirators have become a must for people taking to the streets in Hong Kong. This retailer used to sell no more than 100 such masks in a year. Since protests started, it's sold 500 a month.

    Voice of Ms. Chang
    Respirator seller
    Recently, we've been getting Hong Kongers every few days. They come to the company and buy masks and cotton filter products. Almost all of them bring suitcases. They buy 20 to 30 units at a time.

    Before, only around 300 gas mask cartridges would be sold in a year. Since the protests began, more than 2,000 have been sold. Some varieties are sold out, like the No. 502 filter retainer, which will not be available until a shipment arrives from the U.S. in November.

    Voice of Ms. Chang
    Respirator seller
    If you add up the sales from gas masks, gas mask cartridges, filter retainers and cotton filters, then in the space of just one month, we made almost NT$1 million.

    Meanwhile, demand for other protective gear like goggles has also shot up. But despite the surge in sales, many Taiwan retailers still say they'd rather see the situation in Hong Kong deescalate soon.
    中文 Chinese  
    對抗港警催淚瓦斯 台灣濾毒罐搶購一空

    香港反送中運動持續進行,民眾為了對抗警方的催淚瓦斯,導致防毒面具的濾毒罐供不應求,據傳高級裝備品牌濾毒罐,在台灣也已搶購一空,不少香港遊客特地來台採購,也有民眾受託轉寄到香港。

    香港反送中運動越演越烈,面對警方催淚彈等攻擊,防護需求大增,連台灣也出現防毒面具、濾毒罐採購潮。

    戴上半面式防毒面具,這是香港示威遊行基本配備。原本零售市場一年賣不到100個,在反送中期間,一個月就賣出500個左右。

    [[聲源:濾毒罐經銷商 張小姐]]
    "這幾天就是這一陣子都會有一些,香港的民眾會來我們公司購買面具跟濾棉系列產品,他們每個人幾乎都會帶著行李箱過來,一次量大約是20到30組左右"

    濾毒罐原本一年零售市場大約賣300顆,反送中期間就多賣出2000多顆。不過現在有錢還不一定買得到,像是502濾棉蓋全台大缺貨,恐怕得等到11月才能從美國進貨。

    [[聲源:濾毒罐經銷商 張小姐]]
    "在整個面具加上 濾毒罐還有加上濾棉蓋 ,以及濾棉這樣的一個出貨狀況的話,在一個月的期間當中,我們已經有將近百萬的銷售額"

    其他防護用具,像是護目鏡需求量、銷量也大增,但業者還是希望,香港一切平安。
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