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May 6, 2020

Freudenberg starts facemask production

Freudenberg has started producing facemasks using the brand name, Collectex.

By Rhodri Morgan

Freudenberg has started producing facemasks using the brand name, Collectex.

The masks will be available from 11 May in the Vileda online shop and from retail partners of the Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions Business Group – initially only in Germany. 

In the past weeks, three Freudenberg Business Groups – Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions and Freudenberg Performance Materials – have combined their knowledge in technical non-wovens, filter media and distribution.  

Together, Freudenberg specialists have set up in-house mask production in a very short space of time, initially delivering the needed volumes to Freudenberg sites.

“Our objective was to fulfil our responsibility to our employees and society,” said Freudenberg CEO, Mohsen Sohi. “We acted quickly, expanded our capacity and invested in production equipment for the manufacture of mouth-nose masks.”

Limiting sales on the Vileda online shop to a maximum order of two boxes per online customer, will help ensure fair distribution and guarantee a wide dispersion to benefit as many people as possible in the time of crisis.  

Mask production is located in Germany and has been running since late April. The masks are made from triple-layered filter medium. 

The filter medium is made from non-woven, which is also manufactured in Germany. The materials are processed into masks in newly-acquired production lines launched in phases at Freudenberg Filtration Technologies.

Freudenberg is planning to expand capacity in the next few weeks to the point where around a million masks can be produced per day in four shifts around the clock seven days a week. The technology group will also continue to deliver media for the production of facemasks to professional converters and existing customers.  

Efforts are also underway to produce masks in North America for the local market. Japan Vilene Company – a Freudenberg Business Group – has been producing masks for the Asian market, primarily Japan.

However, these products are subject to individual countries’ COVID-19 export restrictions.

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