European Union (EU) production of face masks, essential for tackling the coronavirus crisis, is set to increase 20-fold by November 2020 compared to pre-crisis times. This means that EU-based producers will be able to make the equivalent of 1.5 billion 3-layer masks a month, according to figures released by, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium.
In contrast with the rest of the supply chain, where European players were no longer in a leadership position, the world’s most sophisticated technology platforms producing meltblown nonwovens belong to European machinery companies.
Over the last 3 months, Edana has been liaising with partner associations including MedTech Europe, ESF, and Euratex to ensure sufficient supplies of essential public health equipment. Edana has been recognized by the European Commission as the voice of industry on all issues relevant to the nonwovens-based face masks supply chain.
In June 2020, Edana convened a new sector group representing face mask converters, nonwovens suppliers, testing laboratories and equipment manufacturers to work together to develop an independent and self-sufficient supply chain for medical face masks and personal protective masks in the EU. The group will work to ensure adherence to applicable European Standards and to encourage responsible product stewardship throughout the life-cycle of face-masks from raw material sourcing to end-of-life solutions.