Why can we not just buy the masks or material somewhere?

Because this is a worldwide crisis, all materials are used to save people in the country of production first. Besides, most certified medical textile for masks has either run out or is being sold at excessive prices. A surgical masks consists of 3 layers of material (spunbond – meltblown – spunbond). The meltblown technique, using PP for example is very specialised and hard to find in local production in western EU countries. Products made out of meltblown textile are familiar in our households, but they lack the certification we need. So we need to start from scratch in producing local material. Ideally this can be done in existing industrial environments that can easily change their production line. But it will take months to launch production. Our search goes towards other applications of comparable material in the hope we can find (a combination of) existing material and techniques that fit our needs.

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