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Jacob Holm

by Martina Brunold

  • For more than 40 years, Sontara® fabrics are used in personal protection equipment (PPE) including face masks and gown components and disinfectant wipes.
  • Sontara® Protect for face masks are compliant with EN 14683:2019 Type I, II and IIR standard. Our offering has been tested and qualified for new general purpose categories 1 and 2 as recommended by French authorities, meeting the requirements for Aerosols Filtration Efficiency (AFE%) 90+.
  • We also offer material for mask borders and ties for respirators (FFP2 or N95)
  • Our Sontara® fabrics for surgical and isolation gowns fulfill the requirements of EN13795, AAMI L1 and AAMI L2 standard
  • To read more: https://www.jacob-holm.com/emea/en-us/covid-19/

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JCEM Group

by Chris Lyons

We’re in the fight against COVID-19 by providing pleating equipment:

  • Supporting existing customers who suddenly “re-tooled” to start manufacturing pleated facemasks using our machinery
  • Remotely offering technical assistance on machine programming, web-handling, and other general guidance
  • Accelerated production to finish machinery earlier than anticipated, so new pleating machines could be deployed into production much faster
  • Sacrificed all demonstration equipment worldwide that is vital for everyday development needs, and normally not for sale, for customers to use in the production of respirator filters and other filtration needs in the fight against COVID-19

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Johns Manville

by Martin Kleinebrecht

The Engineered Products division of Johns Manville is finding new ways to support the communities and people who are on the front lines of this global crisis. U.S. production has recently started on two urgently needed nonwovens fabrics:

  • For the manufacturing of various types of needed face masks Johns Manville in Richland, MS, has started production of a meltblown filtration media. The media is exceeding Level 1 BFE 95% (Bacterial Filtration Efficiency) and VFE (Viral Filtration Efficiency) requirements. These results were verified by an FDA-registered national laboratory. Sales inquiries: Patrick.Morgan@JM.com

Press release: https://www.jm.com/en/blog/2020/april/Johns-Manville-Starts-Production-of-Nonwoven-Media-for-Face-Masks/

  • For the manufacturing of disposable medical gowns and privacy curtains Johns Manville in Spartanburg, SC, has started production of a coated continuous filament, calendared polyester nonwoven. It meets the requirements for a Level 3 medical gown as established by ANSI/AAMI PB70:2012 Liquid barrier performance and classification of protective apparel and drapes intended for use in health care facilities. Per this standard, the material was tested to AATCC 42-2017 Water Resistance: Impact Penetration Test and AATCC 127-2017 Water Resistance: Hydrostatic Pressure Test. Additionally, Evalith® 017/120H3 has been tested to and meets the flammability standard per 16 CFR Part 1610 Class 1, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy and guidance. Sales inquiries: Richard.Hausman@JM.com

Press release: https://www.jm.com/en/blog/2020/may/johns-manville-starts-production-of-nonwoven-fabric-for-medical-gowns/

TV coverage on WYFF News: https://youtu.be/rqQ9Uca677g

JM Nonwovens Website: https://www.jm.com/en/nonwovens/

JM Engineered Products Campaign Website: https://www.jmextramile.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/jm-extra-mile-/

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Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

by Shannon MacDonald

The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies is advancing the development of a vaccine:
  • Screening compounds to determine if any could help treat those who have the virus
  • Maintaining supply of critical medicines, devices and consumer health products
  • Donating equipment, products, and funds to support organizations and health care workers on the front lines

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Jumpstart Consultants

by John Morris

Jumpstart Consultants Increases Capacity to Help Supply the Growing Demand for Personal Protective Apparel Fabric

Richmond, VA – Jumpstart Consultants, Inc. has increased capacity at its US-based manufacturing center to include personal protective apparel fabric production to their current capabilities mix which normally supplies the building envelope, roofing, floor protection, and industrial packaging markets.

Jumpstart manufactures a variety of converted rollstock goods which meet the stringent ANSI PB70, Level 3 standards for protective apparel used in healthcare facilities. Jumpstart rollstock can be used by converters to produce typical PPE articles such as surgical gowns, isolation gowns, other protective apparel, surgical drapes, and drape accessories.

Multiple grades are available, including both polypropylene and polyester spunbond nonwoven fabric structures in various customer-specified product widths. “The variety of Jumpstart products which comply with the ANSI PB70 standard provides PPE converters with unique choices for breathable, water resistant rollstock,” said Chris Shepherd, Executive Vice President of Jumpstart Consultants, Inc. “We are pleased to leverage a uniquely diversified raw material supply chain and a flexible manufacturing platform in the US to support the present critical need for PPE materials for our health care system.”

Jumpstart’s dynamic capabilities and diverse raw material supply chain make this increased capacity of personal protective apparel fabric for PPE manufacturers possible. For additional information, please visit http://www.jumpstartinc.net/news. 

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