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Gronau - Packaging and paper specialist Mondi is to install new production lines at its plant in Gronau, Germany, to produce meltblown nonwoven fabric and up to one million surgical face masks per day.

The plant has experience of producing and handling films, laminates, nonwovens and elastic ear laminates for hygiene products. This knowledge will be applied to the entire value chain of facemask production with the plant set to produce both the necessary meltblown fabric and surgical masks.

Given the shortage of melt blown fabric in the market place, the Gronau plant will also offer approximately 50% of its production to other face mask manufacturers in Europe.

“We are well positioned for the increased production of face masks and melt blown nonwoven fabric in Gronau," said Jürgen Schneider, Managing Director, Mondi Personal Care Components (PCC). "Our people have the needed know-how and expertise on working with these materials and the technology required. The 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.”

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