Schematic diagram of meltblown production. Image copyright Freudenberg Performance Materials.
Schematic diagram of meltblown production. Image copyright Freudenberg Performance Materials.

Freudenberg Performance Materials is expanding its production capacity for nonwoven media used to manufacture certified face masks.

The company is investing in a new state-of-the-art meltblown production line at its Kaiserslautern site in Germany.

“By expanding our production capacity in Kaiserslautern, we are making a contribution to mastering the challenges presented by Covid-19 and supplying certified type face masks as well as FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 masks in Germany and Europe,” said Dr Frank Heislitz, CEO of Freudenberg Performance Materials.

The new plant is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2021.

Freudenberg Performance Materials produces these meltblown nonwovens from extremely fine meltspun polypropylene microfibers that are several times thinner than a human hair. Masks made of these nonwovens can filter very small particles thanks to the superfine structure of the material and its electrostatic charge.