More than 100 million face masks will be produced by a South Aussie over the next few months as the country faces a potential shortage of vital personal protective equipment.

Brompton’s Detmold Group currently produce paper packaging for companies, but under an agreement with the state and federal governments will produce 145 million masks, 45 million of which will be kept in SA for its fight against the spread of coronavirus.

The move will see an extra 160 people employed with more than $1 million being invested in buying local supplies.

Detmold Group are expecting that the new production line will be up and running by May at the company’s Brompton plant.

SA Premier Steven Marshall said that the deal with Detmold will help secure future jobs for South Australia.

The news comes after reports from some healthcare workers that personal protective equipment was being stolen from our hospitals.