Non-woven fabric produced for medical gowns

Following a decision last month to make non-woven filtration media for face masks at the Johns Manville plant in Richland, Mississippi, the company’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina has started to make non-woven fabric for disposable medical gowns used in the fight against the spread of Covid-19.

There is a desperate need in North America and in Europe for medical gowns” said John Vasuta, President of Johns Manville’s Engineered Products business. “Our teams are working quickly to create solutions and manufacture a new coated polyester spunbond non-woven fabric. We are going through unprecedented times, so every step to support health care workers and others on the front lines helps right now.

The fabric is formally known as Evalith 017/120H3 and is a coated continuous filament, calendared polyester non-woven. It meets the requirements for a Level 3 medical gown as established by ANSI/AAMI PB70:2012 liquid barrier performance and classification of protective apparel and drapes intended for use in health care facilities.


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