The energy and chemical company Sinopec Corp., Beijing/China, put its first melt-blown nonwovens assembly line into operation at its Yanshan factory in Beijing on March 6, 2020. The Yanshan factory is a converted 3,970 m² former warehouse that has found new life as a global production base following the challenges brought by the corona virus outbreak. Sinopec built the new meltblown nonwovens plant in 12 days to help combat the virus.
The 14,400-tons capacity facility is one of the company’s 2 meltblown nonwovens assembly bases and is co-managed with China National Machinery Industry Corp., Beijing. The base has 2 nonwovens production lines and 3 spunbond production lines and can produce up to 4 tons of melt-blown fabric for 1.2 million N95 disposable masks, or 6 tons for 6 million disposable masks per day.
The new facility also takes advantage of Sinopec’s integrated upstream supply-chain by sourcing local materials from Yanshan and support from the on-site synthetic resin production line.
The largest medical material supplier in China, Sinopec is a significant supplier of polypropylene, a key component in the production of disposable masks for medical use. The new assembly line will ensure a stable supply of medical supplies, such as masks and clothing, can be distributed across the nation and worldwide.
Sinopec’s 8 other meltblown nonwovens production lines in Yizheng, Jiangsu/China, are currently under construction and are expected to enter operation by mid-April 2020.