Ahlstrom-Munksjö has developed a face mask material as part of the Resilience project, administrated by the French Government. During May, the company will produce material equivalent to 100 million face masks for civil servants in contact with the public such as police officers, prison administration and social workers as well as companies active in essential sectors such as food, energy, water and waste.
In accordance to the newly implemented guidelines issued by the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM), Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s products Reliance SMS 200, Reliance SMS 300, Reliance Dextex 200, and Reliance Dextex 300 have been declared compatible with the French requirements for face masks used by civil servants in contact with the public. The material is typically used for the manufacturing of sterilization wraps for surgical instruments. Reliance SMS 200 and Reliance® SMS 300 have also been tested compatible with the European standard EN 14683, meeting the performance criteria of surgical masks.
“The attainment of this long-term work for the selection of our products represents a moment of collective pride at Ahlstrom-Munksjö. Our Medical business serves the medical device market worldwide all year round, and our agility and ability to innovate makes us an ideal partner in critical situations,” says Lionel Bonte, vice president of medical business at Ahlstrom-Munksjö.
In France, Ahlstrom-Munksjö has some 1600 employees, eight productions sites, two global R&D centers, and a sales office. Measured by the amount of employees, France is the second largest country of operations representing 20% of group.