Spain already produces meltblown, the most protective material for making masks
The Alicante company Nonwovens Ibérica has already started the manufacture of meltblown, the best protective material to manufacture FFP2 and FFP3 masks.
We don’t know how long the pandemic will last, but we will still have to keep wearing a mask for a long time. In Spain, masks are manufactured almost from the beginning, but to manufacture the most advanced, the FFP2 and FFP3, you have to buy the insulating raw material outside. From now on, it is no longer necessary.
There are different materials to isolate from viruses in FFP2 and FFP3 masks. The most effective is el meltblown. Until now it had to be imported, mainly from China. But for a few weeks, as our colleague Andrea Nuñez-Torrón tells us in TICbeat the meltblown is already manufactured in Spain.
The Alicante company Nonwovens Iberia, with more than 50 years of presence in Spain, has launched in our country the non-woven material manufacturing chain with meltblown, who has called Neolite, with the capacity to produce 1,500 million masks annually.
Nonwovens Ibérica has needed four months to install a Reifenhäuser Reicofil line in width of 320 cm, the world’s leading brand in this type of machinery.
The line is already operating at full capacity manufacturing meltblown, a filter material composed of nanofibers, which has a Particle Filtration Efficiency (PEF) of up to 99% for particles smaller than 0.3 microns, without quality fluctuations for equipment of Individual protection and health.
The company Nonwovens Iberia It is part of the Encar group, with 50 years of experience. Until now, it was mainly dedicated to the production of cloth for cloth, with a production of 4,200 tons per year.
As part of your commitment to supply meltblown to all FFP2 and FFP3 mask manufacturing companies that need it, has increased the workforce by 30%.
In this way it is already possible manufacture FFP2 and FFP3 masks with maximum protection with materials 100% produced in Spain.
“The Spanish industry has to respond to the obvious needs that this pandemic leaves us. We cannot afford to go through a new drought of basic products for our health”, Explained Alberto Miralles, Deputy Director of Nonwovens Ibérica and Head of the Neolite Division, during the presentation of the product on February 12.