Oerlikon Nonwoven Large-Scale Meltblown Sold to Asia

A leading large-scale Asian manufacturer of manmade fibers and polymers has invested in a new Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown system.
The recently signed contract comprises a 2-beam system for manufacturing filtration nonwovens, predominantly for medical products such as face masks, with a nominal capacity of up to 1,200 tons of nonwovens a year.
Commercial production launch is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.
The 2-beam system has an operating width of 1.6 meters, and is equipped with the new patented Oerlikon Nonwoven electro-charging unit. The Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown technology is recognized in the market as being the technically most efficient method for producing highly separating filter media made from manmade fibers, particularly in conjunction with electrostatic charging and with extremely low pressure loss.
Electro-charging the filter nonwovens allows the manufacture of sophisticated EPA- and HEPA-class filter media, as well as media that comply with the requirements of N95-, FFP2- and FFP3-class respiratory masks.
Demand for filtration nonwovens for medical applications has risen tremendously across the globe since the outbreak of the Sars-CoV-2 (coronavirus) epidemic, presenting all manufacturers with huge challenges.
“We are currently receiving inquiries from all over the world for our system concepts,” explains Dr. Ingo Mählmann, Vice President Sales & Marketing Oerlikon Nonwoven, talking about the current situation. “To improve the supply situation, we have changed our prioritization in favor of consider-ably shorter delivery time for meltblown systems, so that customers can now be supplied even faster and also with very short lead time.”
A meltblown system will be commissioned at the site of a leading Western European nonwovens producer as early as the second quarter of 2020. This system will be deployed exclusively for the manufacture of nonwovens for respiratory masks.
Due to the current state of emergency with regards to the local supply of face masks, Oerlikon Nonwoven is currently using its own laboratory system to produce electrostatically charged filter media which are being sent to local small businesses and companies for the manufacture of face masks. “We are thrilled to be making a contribution towards fighting the pandemic, particularly in the local vicinity of our production site in Neumünster,” adds Rainer Straub, Head of Oerlikon Nonwoven.