In the fight against COVID-19, the availability of respirator masks can mean the difference between catching the disease and not catching it.
The worldwide shortage of the devices has led to their production being pumped up at manufacturers around the globe, yet the shortage remains dire. Which is exactly why, when Polykemi AB of Ystad, Sweden, received an urgent call March 20 from a customer in Switzerland, it took immediate action.
Its Swiss customer explained that one of the materials used to make the respirator parts had run out. It needed the material — a special glass-reinforced technical polypropylene homopolymer called POLYfill PPH GF5015HC FA Natural — right away.
The Swedish company produced the material, put it through the quality test procedures and had it ready for transport in record time. By March 25, the customer had taken delivery of the order, said Polykemi.
"We are very pleased that our flexible organization with short decision paths and distinct team spirit has enabled Polykemi to contribute in the fight against the virus," Sales Manager Mattias Persson said.