Ahlstrom expands production of healthcare materials

Demand for healthcare materials has risen
09 Apr 2020 − 

The company's Turin and Tampere plant are ramping up output of fabrics for face masks.

 Reacting to an increasing demand for healthcare goods in the present market situation, Ahlstrom-Munksjö is increasing its output capacity across its entire protective medical fabrics product portfolio. The company also said it was expanding manufacturing of fabrics production lines normally used for producing other fibre-based materials.

At the beginning of March, Ahlstrom expanded the production of face mask materials to a fibre line normally used for industrial filtration materials at its Turin plant in Italy. The company is targeting to ramp up fabrics production at the site for more than 20 million face masks per month. In April, there was another expansion of face mask materials production to a line that also produces industrial filtration materials at its Tampere plant in Finland. Currently the material is well suited for lighter fabric face masks in civil activities, the company says, but it continues to develop the material to meet the requirements of material for surgical masks. The company says the Tampere plant can deliver fabrics for around 10 million face masks per month on a short notice.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö said that the spread of the Covid-19 virus had created strong demand for healthcare goods, and specifically for protective medical products that are made from its fabrics.

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