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Partners in Germany have transformed a luxury coach into a mobile testing and vaccination centre, which is completed with an air-purification system from Mann+Hummel that can filter viruses from th

A law requiring hospitals to create and maintain a three-month stockpile of N95 face masks, gowns and other items of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been implemented in California, USA.

The Biden Administration has awarded a pair of contracts to manufacture a total of over 17 million re-usable face masks, for use in community health centres, food pantries and soup kitchens across

An antimicrobial spunbond–meltblown–spunbond (SMS) filtration media suitable for the production of face masks has been launched by HeiQ's newly established Advanced Filtration Media business unit.

Self-sanitising textile signage for use in such as shops and showrooms has been launched by Marler Haley of Wellingborough, UK.

A plasma-based method for the decontamination of single-use face masks – which could enable them to be re-used –  is being developed by researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK.

A nanocoating that enables air filters to capture airborne or aerosolised droplets of liquid containing SARS-Cov-2, without inhibiting the flow of air through them, is now being used by su

A washable, comfortable and antiviral polyester (PES) textile from Toray Industries of Tokyo, Japan, has been proven effective against the SARS-Cov-2 virus responsible for the human corona

One of the UK's largest retailers, Worksop-based Wilko, has launched a scheme for the collection and recycling of single-use face masks. 

Lines for the manufacture of meltblown fabrics and their conversion into face masks have been started-up by packaging and paper manufacturer Mondi at its site in Gronau, Germany.

A fully automated line able to produce up to 50 000 face masks a day has been launched by Autefa Solutions of Friedberg, Germany.

Viruses similar to the SARS-Cov-2 strain responsible for the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic can survive on clothing and migrate to other surfaces for up to 72 hours after first cont

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Copper nanoparticles could be used to create coatings capable of inactivating the SARS-Cov-2 virus responsible for the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, according to a team of researc

A range of soft and comfortable fabrics for the manufacture of face masks has been launched by Ahlstrom-Munksjö of Helsinki, Finland.

The developer of a base layer produced from a durable, non-shedding antimicrobial fabric of continuous polyamide (PA) filaments has been presented with an ISPO Textrends Award.

A double-beam plant – together with an electrocharging unit – for the production of meltblown nonwovens has been installed at Wolf PVG GmbH & Co KG by Oerlikon Nonwoven.

A robot that can mimic coughing, sneezing and breathing is being used by researchers in Finland to determine the effectiveness of face masks and air-purification systems, and to verify the accuracy

A short course introducing the technical aspects of the web-forming processes used for the production of meltblown and spunbond nonwovens – used for the manufacture of such as face masks – has been

Face masks made from antimicrobial polyamide (PA) fabrics developed by Ascend Performance Materials (APM) are to be sold on a website set-up by importer and distributor of industrial raw materials

Following close consultation with its customers, Messe Frankfurt of Germany has postponed the trade fairs it had originally planned for April and May 2021—including Heimtextil, Techtex

A range of seamless garments – including base layers, leggings, tops, sweaters, gloves and helmet liners – warp-knitted from an antimicrobial polyamide (PA) yarn has been launched by CIFRA of Veran

In response to the ongoing human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, RadiciGroup of Gandino, Italy, has invested €15 million in a new line for the production of meltblown nonwovens.

The global market for re-usable face masks will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.5% to be worth US$7.08 billion by 2027, according to a recent report(1) from Grand Vi

Global manufacturer of healthcare, hospitality and consumer products, Standard Textile, is working with Cleveland Clinic to produce a comfortable and re-usable cotton face mask for general-purpose

The Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW) and the Textiles Services Association (TSA) are to work together to promote the benefits of re-usable gowns for use in medical setti

Researchers at Empa in St. Gallen, Switzerland, are using life-cycle analysis (LCA) in an attempt to gauge the impact that the increasing use of face masks is having on the environment. 

A battery-powered, self-sterilising smart fabric that inactivates 99.99% of bacteria and viruses within minutes of them coming into contact with it has been unveiled by Osmotex AG of Thalwil, Switz

Consistent and reliable ways to test the effectiveness of the cloth face masks used by the public to limit the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus responsible for the covid-19 pandemic are bein

Approximately 1.4 Mt of fabrics have been consumed by the global nonwoven wipes industry in 2020, according to a recent report from Smithers, which values the current market for such products at US

Sciessent has revealed test results that show that its antimicrobial additive (Agion) completely inactivates SARS-Cov-2, the virus responsible for the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic

Innovatec is using a newly commissioned meltblowing line from Oerlikon Nonwoven to produce polypropylene (PP) filter media for use in face masks. 

State-of-the-art ventilation prevents the spread of airborne pathogens

To reduce the risks of infection by airborne pathogens, three German companies are developing a ventilation system to remove and filter potentially harmful air from enclosed public spaces. Nick Butler spoke to Dastex’s Carsten Moschner to learn about the potential role for textiles.

A silver-ion based antimicrobial additive has been proven effective against the SARS-Cov-2 virus responsible for the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic when applied to both porous and n

A re-usable, medical-grade face mask that will fit all people regardless of their age, sex and ethnicity has been developed by a trio of partners in the UK.   

North Carolina State University (NCSU)’s Nonwovens Institute (NWI) has been awarded a grant of approximately US$400 000 to continue the development of a novel spunbond for use in the production of

A trio of face masks manufactured and sold by AirPop have been recognised for their performance and quality by the British Standards Institution (BSI). 

A system for the recycling of face masks, gloves and other items of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been developed by ReWorked of South Milford, UK.

Videos that reveal why masks with exhalation valves do not slow the spread of human coronavirus (covid-19) have been created by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NI

A face mask that uses silicon nitride particles to inactivate respiratory viruses is being developed by a producer of the ceramic, Sintx Technologies. 

A washable, single-layer face mask made entirely from polyamide (PA) quickly eliminates 99.9% of the bacteria and viruses with which it comes into contact, according to its manufacturer, zwissTEX. 

A face mask featuring a durable treatment of zinc oxide nanoparticles that provides effective protection from SARS-Cov-2 is to be launched in the UK by Sonovia. 

A nanocoating that enables air filters to capture airborne or aerosolised droplets of liquid containing SARS-Cov-2, without inhibiting the flow of air through them, has been developed by a

An additive for textiles and coatings has been shown to be highly effective against enveloped viruses, such as SARS-Cov-2, in independent testing.

Essity of Stockholm, Sweden, is to begin selling face masks through its retail and professional hygiene businesses. 

Global demand for nonwovens for medical applications will be worth US$2.49 billion in 2020 as healthcare providers battle the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, according to

In a short space of time, three companies have developed the technologies and established the infrastructure necessary for the production of face masks, the authenticity of which can be quickly con

Smart face masks that could be used to monitor the health of their wearers by gathering data on the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) they emit when they respire are being developed by Myant of Tor

In response to increasing demand for nonwovens for face masks in Europe, Freudenberg Performance Materials is to construct a new meltblowing line at its site in Kaiserslautern, Germany. 

Commercialising, validating and supplying a vital treatment

From the beginnings of the current pandemic in China in late 2019 to the present, our industry has responded swiftly to provide the vital personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by frontline workers and the public. By forming partnerships, increasing production and developing new products, it has contributed significantly to help prevent the uncontrolled spread of the virus responsible. Editor Nick Butler picks the as-yet unfinished story of HeiQ’s commercialisation of a new anti-viral textile treatment as a prime example among many impressive achievements.