Weinheim - Freudenberg Performance Materials is expanding its production capacity of meltblown fabric, which will be used exclusively to manufacture certified face masks.

The expansion includes a major investment in the construction of a new meltblown production line at the company's Kaiserslautern site. Commissioning of the new plant is slated for the first quarter of 2021.

The masks from new facility will be accredited to the EN14683 standard, as well as FFP1, 2 and 3 masks to the EN149 standard, are designed for the medical technology processing industry.

“As a world-leading manufacturer of technical textiles and filtration media, Freudenberg Performance Materials has deep expertise in materials for certified face masks. By expanding our production capacity in Kaiserslautern, we are making a contribution to mastering the challenges presented by Covid-19 and supplying certified type face masks as well as FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 masks in Germany and Europe,” the CEO of Freudenberg Performance Materials, Dr. Frank Heislitz, said.

Freudenberg will produce the fabrics from extremely fine meltspun polypropylene microfibers that are several times thinner than a human hair. Masks made of these nonwovens can filter very small particles such as viruses thanks to the superfine structure of the material and its electrostatic charge.

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