Nonwovens industry support during COVID-19

While the entire world is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, essential services in the healthcare, food, security and logistics fields are being delivered by courageous and dedicated people.

The Nonwovens and related industries are also contributing their share to ensure the protection, safety and health of all people by working around the clock to supply adequate products through different initiatives be it in additional investments, specific collaborations with customers and ad-hoc partnerships, adapting or switching machinery towards new purposes, or making donations – either financial or in kind - to institutions.

Discover here the power of working together for a better protection and the health or recovery of all.

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Alexander Heusch

H&V develops new material for non-surgical medical gowns
June 11, 2020 - Looking to help meet the critical need for Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, global manufacturer Hollingsworth & Vose has, on a rapidly accelerated timeline, developed a new material for non-surgical medical gowns. READ MORE


Neenah Filtration develops material for civil masks
June 10, 2020 - Neenah Filtration is proud to introduce a new material to facilitate the societies way back to normal life. The constant demand of mouth-nose protection for an everyday use prompted the development of a filter medium for community and civil masks to protect people. In addition it has a special focus on good breathability. READ MORE


Jacob Holm increases production capacity and diversifies product portfolio of Asturias production facility
June 4, 2020 - Jacob Holm is investing in its production facility in Asturias, Spain, to expand the manufacturing capacity for medical nonwovens and critical cleaning wipes. The investment will cover a significant upgrade of the existing production line to increase its capacity by over 60% and to add new line capabilities. READ MORE


Hygiene Austria produces children’s mouth-nose face masks for schools and holiday care
May 29, 2020 - Colorful children’s masks in ten colors added to the product portfolio in addition to the successful production of mouth-nose and FFP2 protective masks. READ MORE


Ahlstrom-Munksjö further increases face mask supply in Finland
May 27, 2020 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö increases the supply of face masks for consumers in Finland together Teho Filter Oy and S Group. Ahlstrom-Munksjö supplies face mask material from its plant in Tampere to Teho Filter for the assembly of the masks. The masks will be available in May-June in the stores of Finland-based retailer S Group. READ MORE


Mondi to produce melt blown nonwoven fabric and one million surgical face masks a day with new production lines in Germany
May 25, 2020 - Mondi, global leader in packaging and paper, is set to build new production lines in its plant in Gronau, Germany, to produce melt blown nonwoven fabric and surgical face masks. This is part of Mondi's efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and respond to increased demand by health authorities, businesses and consumers for face masks. READ MORE


Hygiene Austria starts production of face masks in UK
May 20, 2020 - In May, the newly founded company Hygiene Austria started the production of face masks in Austria. The product range includes mouth-nose safety masks, FFP2-masks as well as coloured face masks for children. READ MORE


Johns Manville starts production of nonwoven fabric for medical gowns
May 20, 2020 - The Johns Manville plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, started production this month to make nonwoven fabric that will be used for manufacturing of urgently needed disposable medical gowns used in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.  READ MORE


Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches Extia® Protect portfolio for face masks
May 19, 2020 - Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ahlstrom-Munksjö has expanded its offering and capacities of protective medical products, including face mask materials, to meet the strong demand globally. READ MORE


Gulsan new investment
May 15, 2020 - Gulsan will manufacture meltblown for the market, which will be enough to produce 250 Million face mask per month. With this investment, Gulsan will help to secure the local supply of meltblown to create enough medical capacity in response to fight against pandemic diseases. The meltblown investment will serve to Turkish market as well as the EMEA region. READ MORE


Berry Announces New Meltblown Capacity in Response to Rising Demand
May 13, 2020 - Today, Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY) announced the continued expansion of its global Meltex™ meltblown capacity, with the addition of another asset to support the growing global face mask demand.READ MORE


Ramina supplies meltblown and technology against COVID19
May 13, 2020 - Ramina is providing Nonwoven fabric: Meltblown for the realization of face masks in order to help solving the global high request of this essential safety device. This has been possible thanks to the Pilot SMS Line Leonardo1.0 which is now running day and night with its Meltblown beam. READ MORE


Neenah Filtration expands meltblown capacities and develops material for community masks
May 13, 2020 - Due to the current situation regarding the COVID 19 virus, Neenah Filtration expanded the capacities for face mask materials at short notice in order to support the increasing demand by supplying meltblown for respiratory protection at the production site in Feldkirchen-Westerham, Germany. READ MORE


ONTEX builds capacity to produce 80 million surgical facemasks per year
May 12, 2020 - Ontex announces that it plans to start the production of face masks by September 2020, with a capacity of around 80 million IIR-type surgical face masks per year. READ MORE


Freudenberg starts mask production
May 4, 2020 - Freudenberg has started producing mouth-nose masks for end-consumers. The masks under the brand name “Collectex” will be available from May 11 in the Vileda online shop and from retail partners of the Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions Business Group – initially only in Germany. READ MORE


Ahlstrom-Munksjö expands the production of filtration media for 500 million surgical face masks in 2020 at its Turin plant in Italy
April 27, 2020 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to develop its capacity in Turin to meet the demand for high performance filtration media for surgical face masks in Italy. READ MORE


SICAM srl and Crown Name Group: new Spun Bond equipment supply, together against the COVID19
April 27, 2020 - SICAM supplies equipment to produce vital nonwovens for use in respirators in Wuhan. READ MORE


Essity to supply surgical masks for healthcare use
April 18, 2020 - Hygiene and health company Essity has commenced production in Sweden of surgical masks for use by healthcare providers. The development has been in close dialogue with the Swedish government and the National Board of Health and Welfare.  READ MORE


Johns Manville starts production of nonwoven media for face masks
April 20, 2020 - The Johns Manville plant in Richland, Mississippi, started production this month to make nonwoven filtration media that will be used to create needed face masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  READ MORE


Don & Low: New medical-grade fabric to support NHS needs
April 17, 2020 - A Scottish manufacturer is producing a new, clinical-grade fabric to make 3.5 million protective hospital gowns as the fashion industry steps up to address the critical shortage of such equipment for NHS workers.  READ MORE


P&G working to install mask production capacity worldwide
April 17, 2020 - P&G have leveraged P&G R&D, engineering and manufacturing capability to quickly produce face shields in Boston and Cincinnati, which are currently being used in hospitals and COVID-19 testing centers. READ MORE


Madaline Fabrics for masks and PPE
April 16, 2020 - Mogul is also committed to providing fabrics to PPE, medical, hygiene, and other supplies that are needed to combat the COVID-19 crisis. As a diversified supplier of nonwovens Mogul offers spunbond, meltblown, spunlace and microfilament fabrics. READ MORE


Berry Announces Initiatives to help address global supply shortage of face mask materials
April 16, 2020 - Berry announced strategic initiatives to increase production of face mask materials. The initiatives include the Company designating additional capacity for the production of face mask materials in North America and introducing a new material for face masks in Europe. READ MORE


Sandler Group invests in an additional production line for nonwovens for respirator masks
April 9, 2020 - Sandler Group has decided to invest in a new high-tech nonwovens line for the production of nonwovens for respirator masks. The annual production capacity of the line will enable Sandler to additionally produce nonwovens for the manufacture of up to 800 million masks. READ MORE


Berry to invest in meltblown capacity serving face mask demand in the EMEIA Region
March 31, 2020 - Berry has advanced its investment in an additional specialty meltblown asset to produce high-efficiency filtration media serving the EMEIA markets. Current projections are for commercial production to start in the June quarter of 2020. READ MORE

Berry Global to supply Medicom in support of British Government’s Mask Manufacturing Mandate
June 25, 2020 - Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE: BERY) announced today its collaboration with The Medicom Group, (Medicom), to design the manufacturing solution and guarantee the supply of nonwoven fabric intended for use in producing hundreds of millions of face masks annually as part of Medicom’s agreement with the British Government. Medicom is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical and respiratory masks. READ MORE


Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Filterpak and K Group to start the production of face masks in Finland
May 15, 2020 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Filterpak and K Group will start in co-operation the production and supply of face masks for civil use in Finland. The first batch of masks will be available at the end of May. READ MORE


CHT teams up with HeiQ in fight against COVID-19
May 12, 2020 - HeiQ, a Swiss specialty chemicals company, has developed antiviral and antibacterial protective kit that is quickly effective against Coronaviruses (229E), as confirmed in wide-ranging studies. In cooperation with HeiQ, the CHT Group is now supplying this technology to the market to help decrease the global shortage in protective wear. READ MORE


In collaboration with the Junta Castilla y Leon, Drylock Segovia will produce up to 2 m mouth masks per month
May 8, 2020 - Drylock Technologies at the Segovia factory and the regional government, from the Ministery of Development of the Junta de Castilla y León, have reached a collaboration agreement to provide community groups and organizations with more than 4 million surgical-hygienic masks during at least the next three months. READ MORE


Hygiene Austria’s production of mouth-nose protective masks gets off to a flying start
May 8, 2020 - Just two weeks ago the newly-established company Hygiene Austria LP GmbH announced the production of mouth-nose protective masks in Wiener Neudorf within the context of a joint venture of Lenzing AG and Palmers Textil AG. READ MORE


ExxonMobil collaborates with The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) to help accelerate facemask production for frontline medical workers during the covid-19 crisis
May 8, 2020 - ExxonMobil has responded rapidly and effectively to an initiative by the Nonwovens Institute (NWI), a long-standing partner since 2008, which was looking for polymers to fabricate specialty nonwoven fabrics used for personal protective equipment (PPE). READ MORE


A New Collaboration: Midwest Textiles and H&V Partner Up ~ H&V Introduces Nanoweb® FM
May 1, 2020 - Midwest Textiles and Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V) are collaborating on a new ready-to-sew face mask kit for the general public.  READ MORE


Ahlstrom-Munksjö signs a 100 million face mask material contract with the French Government Resilience program
April 23, 2020 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö has developed a face mask material as part of the Resilience project, administrated by the French Government. During May, the company will produce material equivalent to 100 million face masks for civil servants in contact with the public. READ MORE


Corona crisis brings together different kinds of companies to produce protective masks
April 22, 2020 - As an experienced technology provider for mask production equipment, Weber Ultrasonics AG now manufactures respiratory and surgical masks in Germany. This is made possible by the fast and active support of other companies as well as the huge dedication of its own employees. READ MORE


NatureWorks partners with Nonwovens Institute to support production of 10 million N95 masks for healthcare workers fighting COVID-19
April 22, 2020 - A long-standing partnership between NatureWorks and the Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at North Carolina State University (NC State) has resulted in a new spunbond nonwoven technology enabling the production of at least 10 million additional N95 surgical masks.  READ MORE


COVID-19: Colback Solutions Making Strides To Supply Key Component For Face Masks
April 17, 2020 - Governments and industries are looking to start up or increase local production of face masks and they are looking for partners to support this achievement. Colback Solutions with our Colback Nonwovens is proud to be one of those partners.  READ MORE


RKW and Sporlastic Produce FFP-2 Protective Masks
April 16, 2020 - The film manufacturer RKW, Sporlastic, a company specialised on the production of bandages and orthoses, the Gherzi Consulting Group as well as other partners have therefore combined their expertise and capacities to jointly produce urgently needed FFP-2 type protective masks. READ MORE


Reifenhäuser Reicofil supplies meltblown line for the production of filter material for FFP respirators to Berry Global Group
April 3, 2020 - Reifenhäuser Reicofil and Berry Global Group have signed a contract for a meltblown line for the production of highly efficient filter material for FFP2 (N95) and FFP3 (N99) respirators. The plant is scheduled to be delivered in June. READ MORE


Fitesa helps communities everywhere to stay safe
April 2, 2020 - Despite the moment of great difficulty, Fitesa continues to work and actively contributes to helping the communities in which it operates and people all over the world, producing the material used for the construction of protective devices such as surgical and respiratory filter masks and medical devices as disposable gowns. In Italy, the material was analysed and approved by the Milan Polytechnic and the Lombardy Region. 

Shemesh to Deploy Techs Across the US During Covid-19 In Support to Customer Base
Shemesh Automation Wet Wipes, a premium maker of canister wipes downstream packaging Turnkey Lines, to support its US customer base during COVID-19. READ MORE


Oerlikon Nonwoven: Materials for in excess of one million protective masks
April 30, 2020 - Within the context of supporting the critical infrastructure in Germany, Oerlikon Nonwoven immediately began converting its laboratory systems in Neumünster to manufacture nonwovens at the end of March. With this, only small local businesses and companies were initially supported in the manufacture of oronasal masks.  READ MORE


ANDRITZ has developed a high-speed converting line for the production of face masks
April 9, 2020 - In the first configuration, this new converting line will be able to produce masks for surgical/medical applications; other mask types – like N95/FFP2 – are currently being evaluated.  READ MORE


Mondi adapts production line in Germany to make much-needed face mask componentsApril 3, 2020 - Mondi is committed to playing its part to produce important supplies and components during the COVID-19 outbreak. As a global leader in packaging and paper, Mondi's Personal Care Components team has found a way to convert a production line at its Gronau plant in Germany to manufacture soft, elastic straps which are now being used for face masks and used by medical professionals and consumers globally.  READ MORE


Welspun to use capacity to make disinfectant wipes, masks
April 2, 2020 - India’s Welspun Group is switching capacities at its textiles plant in Gujarat’s Anjar to manufacture disinfectant wipes and masks to meet the demand-supply gap for personal protection equipment (PPE).  READ MORE


Herrmann Ultraschall establishes mask task force
April 1, 2020 - Nine different mask types have been identified, says CEO Thomas Herrmann, ranging from simple face masks to complex 3D deep-drawn masks with breathing valves. The technological solutions range from simple intermittent manual welding to complex high-speed systems.  READ MORE


Covid-19: MONDON maintains its activity and manufactures equipment for Meltblown production lines!
April 1, 2020 - Mondon offers wide range of ancillary equipment for meltblown production lines, in high demand in view of Covid-19 requirements for nonwoven filtration material. READ MORE


Borealis takes steps to secure supply chains for healthcare and food packaging sectors
March 30, 2020 - “As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, we are all reminded of just how critical a smoothly functioning supply chain is for health and human welfare,” says Lucrèce Foufopoulos, Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins, Innovation and Circular Economy Solutions. READ MORE


3M CEO on COVID-19 response: We have a unique and critical responsibility
March 22, 2020 - Since the initial COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve ramped up to maximum production levels of N95 respirators and doubled our global output to a rate of more than 1.1 billion per year, or nearly 100 million per month. READ MORE

SABIC in India extends humanitarian support to communities and frontline workers in the fight against covid-19
June 25, 2020 - SABIC steps up to provide relief material to 30,000+ families affected due to covid-19 as well as safety essentials to the front line workers across India. READ MORE


Mondi donates 100,000 medical grade N95 face masks to protect healthcare workers in KwaZulu Natal
June 16, 2020 - These higher grade medical masks, which are much sought after, have been donated with the assistance of The Solidarity Fund to the KwaZulu Natal Department of Health on Monday 15 June. READ MORE


Nice-Pak produce and donate much-needed antibacterial wipes in record time
May 14, 2020 - Charities and healthcare bodies across North East Wales and Greater Manchester are benefitting from antibacterial wet wipes thanks to Nice-Pak’s key workers. READ MORE


Disinfectant support to the Ministry of Health by Organik Kimya and Shell Turkey
May 13, 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 epidemic that has affected the whole world, the demand for disinfectant products has increased rapidly. Organik Kimya and Shell Turkey cooperated to donate 175 thousand liters of disinfectant to contribute to the demand in Turkey. READ MORE


Protective face shields: 1,000 kits for Bergamo medics
May 6, 2020 - Injection moulding as an alternative to 3D printing for a quicker response to health worker protection needs: this was RadiciGroup’s objective in donating its polyamide 6 material for the production of 3,000 frames for protective visor face shields for medics. READ MORE


Ontex addressing the Covid-19 crisis with more than 40 years of experience in personal hygiene to provide products that are of vital need today.
May 6, 2020 - Ontex donates products to help caregivers and people in need. READ MORE


DuPont donates PPE to Covid-19 frontline workers
May 4, 2020 - DuPont has donated 50,000 protective garments to Covid-19 frontline medical staff in Europe’s worst-hit countries. READ MORE


Synthomer Malaysia Donates 450,000 Medical Gloves to Hospital in Bergamo, Italy
April 30, 2020 - Synthomer is donating 450,000 medical gloves to the municipal hospital Papa Giovanni XXIII in Bergamo, Italy. The hospital is situated in the heart of the Lombardy region of Italy which has been severely affected by Covid-19 pandemic. READ MORE


Eastman outlines COVID-19 global response efforts
April 22, 2020 - Eastman team members around the world are using innovation and their collaborative spirit to help support front line health care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.  READ MORE


P&G Canada steps up to join COVID-19 relief efforts
April 20, 2020 - P&G Canada and its brands announce donations totaling over $2.5 million in hygiene products, hand sanitizers, face masks and financial support to healthcare workers and Canadians impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. READ MORE


3M Continues Fight Against COVID-19 With Aid for Relief and Recovery Efforts
April 16, 2020 - Provide $20 million in financial support to frontline healthcare workers, vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the virus and medical research initiatives. READ MORE


Henkel donates around 50,000 liters of disinfectant
April 2, 2020 - As part of its global solidarity program in the fight against the corona crisis, Henkel has announced that it will provide production capacities at short notice in order to produce disinfectants. Within just one week, the company converted a production facility and produced the first 25,000 liters of hand disinfectants. READ MORE


RadiciGroup to deliver personal protective equipment for doctors and healthcare workers fighting COVID-19
April 1, 2020 - Material for hospital PPE made and approved in record time First 5,000 gowns to be donated to Papa Giovanni XIII hospital. READ MORE


Huggies® to donate five million diapers to National Diaper Bank Network and $1 Million to United Way for COVID-19 relief efforts
March 31, 2020 - As the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis deepens, many more families are unable to pay for essentials and are turning to local diaper banks for help. READ MORE


Fater will make 250,000 masks to be donated to the civil protection
March 28, 2020 - Further quantities of masks, to be produced in the following weeks, will be made available to the Civil Protection at cost price. READ MORE

BASF supports search for active ingredients to combat coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
June 10, 2020 -As part of its “Helping Hands” initiative, BASF is not just donating disinfectant and protective face masks. The company is also providing support worldwide to academic research groups in their search for a suitable active ingredient to treat patients infected with the coronavirus. READ MORE