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NEW DELHI: Textiles major Welspun India NSE -0.80 % is foraying into health and hygiene segment as it responds to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, a top company official said. Under the Welspun Health vertical, the company is offering a range of hygiene products for medical professionals as well as personal care products such as masks, wipes, medical gowns, disposable linen, coveralls, hand sanitising wipes, surface disinfectant wipes among others.

The company is repurposing its decade old technical textiles unit for its new venture.

Technical textiles include textiles for automotive applications, medical textiles, agrotextiles and protective clothing, among others.

"Our essential services were working (during the lockdown) because we repurposed our factory for mask production."

"We have a plant for technical textile. As the need arose we started making masks and distributed it in communities, development forum and villages. We gradually made this into a kind of business...," Welspun India Ltd CEO and Joint Managing Director Dipali Goenka told .

She further said, "we got to work as COVID-19-struck with a sense of purpose of looking at how can we repurpose our businesses, so the advanced textiles was born."