In response to the increasing demand for protective materials in the healthcare sector, the manufacturer of synthetic fibers and yarns, RadiciGroup, Gandino/Italy, has invested €15 million in a new production line for meltblown nonwovens.
These nonwovens will be used for manufacturing protective face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
Radici has been rapidly setting up a production chain involving local factories for the manufacture of spunbond nonwovens for medical gowns and other PPE and quickly came to the decision to produce meltblown nonwovens, a type of nonwovens not readily available in the Italian market, but indispensable in the manufacture of surgical masks.
Presently being installed, the large new line is sophisticated and technologically advanced. It has a high production capacity and can also realize products with special technical characteristics, not only made of polypropylene, but also other polymers, such as polyester, polyamide and TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). The new line is being set up at Tessiture Pietro Radici SpA, Gandino/Italy.