The international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, is working closely with the European Commission, the nonwovens supply chain and other players, in order to find solutions to the provision of essential medical and protective equipment.
In cooperation with the European trade association for the medical technology industry including diagnostics MedTech, Brussels/Belgium, Edana is mapping the capacities of meltblown nonwovens in Europe. Focus lies on capacities being or able to be additionally supplied to masks converters. The supply of these resources in the EU is heavily depends on third countries, in particular from Asia. Edana therefore concludes that an European export ban or restriction on medical face masks and personal protective equipment would be potentially counter-productive.
The European Union intends to create a strategic stockpile of medical equipment, such as ventilators, personal protective equipment, reusable masks, vaccines and therapeutics and laboratory supplies. The European Commission will finance 90% of the costs of the stockpiling and will manage the distribution of the equipment to ensure it goes where it is needed most.
Edana intends to gather und providing necessary information to the EU and private companies, in order to accelerate the procurement of medical and protective nonwovens products.