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Eastman Chemical

by Jon Wood

Eastman has donated material to organizations producing PPE for medical personnel in:

  • Tennessee, for the production of face shields around the state
  • Virginia, also for face shields
  • Indiana, for protective lenses and face shields
  • Brazil, for face shields
  • Europe, donating resins for hand sanitizer

Partnering with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and Austin Peay State University 10,000 protective face shields were produced for medical personnel in Nashville, after THEC exhausted local supply of acetate sheet – the large, clear plastic shield that attaches to the headband.

The partnership met the goal using 3D printers at colleges and universities around the state.

“The need here is very real and life-changing. Health care workers are in dire need of help as they are on the front lines of battling COVID-19, and I’m proud to be part of an Eastman team that always steps up when help is needed,” said Steve Crawford, Eastman’s chief technology and sustainability officer.

Eastman’s films operation in Martinsville, Va., is producing film and partnering with Patrick Henry Community College to get 500 face shields developed, produced for medical personnel in Virginia.

In Brazil, Eastman donated PETG material for face shields to public hospitals.

Eastman donated 600 square feet of material to Purdue University. More than 40 volunteer faculty and staff members are using the school’s laser cutting system to produce up to 3,000 lenses and 4,000 face shields. The protective equipment will be distributed to hospitals across Indiana.

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Elsner Engineering Works

by Jay Roth

We are full speed ahead. We’re glad to be on ‘this side of the fence’ and able to keep our people working and providing for their families:

We have increased orders for rewinders for converting rolls of canister wipes:

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ExxonMobil

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ExxonMobil Collaborates with the Nonwovens Institute (NWI) to Help Accelerate Face Mask Production for Frontline Medical Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis

  • Donates 146,000 pounds of polymers to NWI for nonwoven fabrics used in medical face masks
  • Mobilizes logistics network to quickly deliver polymers from across the country to NWI
  • Facilitates value chain relationships to connect NWI with face mask manufacturers

ExxonMobil responded rapidly to an initiative by the Nonwovens Institute (NWI), a long-standing partner since 2008, looking for polymers to fabricate specialty nonwoven fabrics used for personal protective equipment (PPE). NWI is supplying the spunbond and meltblown nonwoven fabrics to manufacturers of medical masks, helping essential frontline medical workers get the PPE they need to stay protected.

From various inventories, ExxonMobil donated a combined total of 146,000 pounds of ExxonMobil™ PP3155, Achieve™ Advanced PP6926G2 and Vistamaxx™ 8880 performance polymers to LINC, a non-profit affiliate of NWI located in Raleigh, North Carolina. ExxonMobil also made several value chain introductions, connecting NWI with companies looking for high-quality nonwovens for PPE.

The nonwoven fabrics were produced at the NWI facilities on the North Carolina State University Centennial Campus. Spunbond nonwovens are used for the outer layers of a variety of medical masks as they are breathable and have the strength to protect the inner layer by maintaining the integrity of the mask. Meltblown nonwovens are used in the inner layer because they provide an effective barrier to liquids and particulates, while being breathable.

Nonwoven fabrics were sent to mask manufacturing companies in North Carolina and across the United States. NWI also purchased assembly machines so that nonwovens could be converted into masks using local campus staff and volunteers, speeding up delivery to local medical facilities.

Find out more about ExxonMobil’s contribution to the fight against COVID-19.

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