The nonwovens manufacturer Innovatec Microfibre Technology GmbH & Co. KG, Troisdorf/Germany, started production with the 2nd newly-delivered meltblown system manufactured by Oerlikon Nonwoven, a business unit of the Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland.
With it, Innovatec immediately started producing polypropylene filter nonwovens: in particular for use in protective face masks, which have been increasingly in demand since the start of the corona pandemic and whose domestic manufacture is being supported by the German government. Here, the Oerlikon Nonwoven technology is supporting the production of the filter media. In June 2020 Oerlikon Nonwoven delivered the 1st so-called 2-beam system to Innovatec. Together with the new production line, Innovatec has been able to almost double its filter nonwovens output to date. The company now has filter media production capacities that can be used to manufacture up to 2.5 billion operating room filter masks or a billion highly-effective FFP2 masks/year.