Packaging giant Berry Global Group Inc. will expand its already hefty meltblown capacity as demand surges for regional production because of COVID-19 precaution measures.
The new extrusion line, which will be operational in October, will be housed within Berry's existing production facility in Berlin, the company announced May 13.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred global demand for face masks and increased the need for nonwoven protection materials, of which Berry is the largest manufacturer.
The new line for Meltex will produce filter-grade materials for N95 and N99 masks. It will also incorporate a Berry-patented charging technology post installation.
Cedric Ballay, executive vice president and general manager for Berry's European health, hygiene and specialties business, said the company has been continuing to provide solutions for those needing assistance in fighting the spread of the novel coronavirus.
"We are now beginning to see the localization of varying forms of equipment that produce materials for PPE, as countries and governments look to be able to react with speed to any future outbreaks," he said in the release.