Colback nonwovens provide support in medical face masks for Dutch healthcare under non-profit initiative

ARNHEM, The Netherlands, June 23, 2020-

Colback nonwovens help to solve the shortage of personal protective equipment in healthcare institutions in the Netherlands. In a remarkable public/private enterprise, Low & Bonar´s Colback production site in the Netherlands offered its support after a call from the Dutch government. Colback nonwovens are now included as a reinforcement layer in FFP2-certified medical face masks. The masks themselves are produced by another company located in the Netherlands: AFPRO Filters. Though both companies were new to the face mask business, they made it happen within a very short period. An outstanding achievement and a special journey.

Answering the call
As in many other countries, the Netherlands was confronted with a global shortage of personal protective equipment as COVID 19 spread across the continents. Called upon by the Dutch Minister of Health and Sports, a unique public/private consortium came to existence, with selected Dutch companies invited to join and serve a single purpose: the realization of large-scale, non-profit based production of health protection items within the country to help protect their healthcare workers. Without a second thought, both Low & Bonar and AFPRO Filters became part of this consortium and soon started to work on medical face masks together. Shouldering responsibility, both companies deliver at cost price. The consortium distributes the medical masks evenly or wherever the need in national healthcare institutions is greatest.

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