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Mondi adapts production line in Germany to make face mask components

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The company is committed to playing its part to produce important supplies and components during the COVID-19 outbreak. As a producer of packaging and paper, its Personal Care Components team has found a way to convert a production line at its Gronau plant in Germany to manufacture soft, elastic straps which are now being used for face masks and used by medical professionals and consumers globally.

  • Mondi produces elastic, three-layer laminate straps using non-woven material for one billion face masks.
  • Plants in Gronau, Germany and Taicang, China increase production of this material

Mondi’s plant in Gronau, Germany, typically focuses on making materials used in hygiene products such baby diapers, adult incontinence pads and feminine care items. However, the plant was able to quickly adapt one of its manufacturing lines to produce a three-layer, laminated strap that binds a stretchable plastic film between layers of soft, non-woven material. The straps, which Mondi supplies to its mask-making customers on a reel, are then cut and attached to each side of a mask, which can loop comfortably over the user’s ears to hold the mask in place.

This elastic material replaces a rubberised band that holds the mask to the face, thereby increasing operational speed of the machines in comparison to rubber which is slower.

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