PACKAGING and paper giant Mondi has announced it will build new production lines at its plant in Gronau, Germany, to produce melt blown nonwoven fabric and surgical face masks.
The move is part of the firm’s efforts to help in the global fight against Covid-19 and respond to increased demand by health authorities, businesses and consumers for face masks.
Mondi Gronau has a record of producing and handling films, laminates, nonwovens and elastic ear laminates for hygiene products. Mondi revealed this knowledge will be applied to the entire value chain of face mask production.
Jürgen Schneider, MD, Mondi Personal Care Components (PCC) said, “We are well positioned for the increased production of face masks and melt blown nonwoven fabric in Gronau. 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.”