Mondi has started up new production lines for melt-blown nonwoven fabric and medical face masks at its site in Gronau, Germany, to mitigate the spread of Covid‑19.
Mondi Gronau has over 50 years of experience in producing and processing films, nonwovens, and elastic components for hygiene products. Last year, the company announced it would open production lines for the critical base material, melt-blown nonwoven fabric, as well as medical face masks.
With the new lines, Mondi is building up a local value chain in Germany to address the pandemic's needs. With two highly automated high-speed machines, the fully integrated production allows the output of 700 medical face masks per minute. This is approximately seven times higher than the standard face mask production line and will produce at least one million medical-grade masks a day.
The masks are certified as a medical product by the German Johner Institute and meet the German standards OEKO‑TEX and Dermatest. With this production, Mondi Gronau will be directly addressing the German health sector's needs, including hospitals, pharmacies, and specialized medical retailers.
‘We identified the shortage in the melt‑blown nonwoven fabric in Germany early on in the pandemic last year and reacted swiftly to set up the production of high‑quality medical face masks. With our high‑speed production set-up and certifications in place, Mondi Gronau is ideally positioned to supply high‑quality medical masks that offer reliable protection and high comfort from the moment they are put on to when they are taken off,’ commented Jürgen Schneider, managing director of Mondi Gronau.