Mondi is set to build new production lines at its plant in Gronau, Germany, which will have a capacity to produce one million melt blown non-woven fabric and surgical face masks a day.
Mondi’s knowledge of producing and handling films, laminates, nonwovens and elastic ear laminates for hygiene products will be applied to the entire value chain of face mask production. Given the shortage of melt blown fabric on the market, the company will offer approximately a half of its production to other face mask manufacturers in Europe.
‘We are well positioned for the increased production of face masks and melt blown non-woven fabric in Gronau. Our people have the needed expertise on working with these materials and the technology required. Our in-house production capability of all substantial components positions us to build up a long-term competitive local supply. Once up and running, we will be able to produce more than one million face masks per day,’ said Jürgen Schneider, managing director, personal care components at Mondi.
This is part of Mondi's effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and respond to increased demand by health authorities, businesses and consumers for face masks. The company has also recently announced producing and donating protective gowns for workers in local nursing homes and retirement facilities.