Freudenberg Performance Materials will now manufacture face masks for North Carolina Government organisations, UNC system universities and North Carolina hospitals!
Germany-based performance material company has collaborated with the Nonwoven Institute of North Carolina State University in USA to produce masks, amidst the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
Both the organisations are all set to align their expertise and supply chains in order to bring PPE to healthcare professionals and universities as soon as possible. The production will be started first for N-95 face respirators.
While NC State University is providing Freudenberg Performance Materials with raw material needed to produce masks, the latter is applying its textile manufacturing know-how and skilled workforce to operate and maintain four newly installed production lines.
The site will be able to produce more than 1 million face masks a month, once it becomes fully operational.
“We knew we could step in and help fill this critical need being a leader in the development of the next generation of nonwovens. By partnering with Freudenberg, we will ensure the reliable completion of millions of protective face coverings to battle the coronavirus using NWI’s novel filter media,” commented Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Executive Director, Nonwovens Institute.
Additionally, six more production lines are also in development process by Freudenberg to produce surgical and N95 masks. The entire project has also created 50 jobs within Freudenberg.
Expressing his satisfaction over this collaboration, Raoul Farer, General Manager, Regional Business Unit of North America, Freudenberg said that this opportunity of fighting the pandemic and helping our community has given a whole new meaning to business, its operations and the engagement of the employees.