In six of the 36 investigated contracts, import-export companies were awarded the contract. In 19 cases, orders were placed with German dealers, most of whom, according to the product descriptions, obtain their masks from Asia. In contrast, German manufacturers were supposed to deliver eleven masks from domestic production, around half of them from Baden-Württemberg.
In almost all of the investigations, the costs were decisive in determining which company was awarded the contract. In numerous public tenders, the price alone is listed as a criterion. Most state and local authorities point out, however, that in a previous step, specifications were made on quality criteria such as certifications and evidence was obtained. In some cases, product samples were also checked beforehand to ensure the quality of the masks.
German mask manufacturers feel disadvantaged. Especially since some companies have received funding from the Federal Ministry of Economics to build up domestic production capacities.