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Mondi adapts production line in Germany to make much-needed face mask components

With the surge in demand for face masks, the global leader in packaging and paper which produces the three-layer laminate straps for face masks has increased its production capacity in its plants in Gronau, Germany and Taicang, China.

April 13, 2020

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The global leader in packaging and paper, Mondi is extending its role in producing important supplies and components during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Personal Care Components team of the company has enhanced its production line at its Gronau plant in Germany to manufacture the soft and elastic straps used in face masks meant to be used by medical professionals and consumers around the world.

The manufacturing plant in Gronau, Germany, customarily focuses on the production of materials used in incontinence and hygiene products such as baby diapers, adult incontinence pads and feminine hygiene care products. But in these trying and difficult times amidst the global pandemic, the company has made structural changes in one of its manufacturing lines to create a three-layer, laminated strap that binds a stretchable plastic film between layers of soft, nonwoven material in the masks. Afterwards, the company provides the mask-making companies which the material that is attached to each side of a mask to hold the mask in place.

Dr. Michael Trinkaus, director of R&D and application engineering for Mondi’s Personal Care Components division says “Mondi Gronau is working to provide straps that will fit more than one billion nonwoven face masks. As there is increasing demand for such types of face masks, we are building up our capability to meet this demand. By producing this soft elastic strap, we are able to produce more volume to meet growing demand.”

The company also has its manufacturing plant in Taicang, China, that is involved in the lamination film to make nonwoven hygiene products similar to those manufactured in Germany. When the COVID-19 virus epidemic first broke out, the company was able to meet orders for mask straps from customers in China, at the same time carefully monitoring developments, assessing risks, and implementing preventative policies in line with the local government regulations and recommendations. In the current situation, the demand is now growing for more of such material supplies from customers across Europe, prompting the Gronau plant to increase production of this material.

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