Ahlstrom-Munksjö establishes a partnership with Spanish sports and life style accessories company BUFF® to provide filter media for face masks.
The BUFF® face masks are now available in the United States and Canada following a launch in Europe in June. Each BUFF® face mask includes five single-use filters in the original packaging. Replacement filters are sold separately in packs of 30 units.
The spread of COVID-19 and the consequent increase in the global demand for face mask components required many companies to rapidly adapt, leverage on their expertise and innovate. Thanks to Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s long-term experience in the manufacturing of filter media and protective medical fabrics, the company has developed a new material suitable for Type II face mask applications. Leveraging on its capabilities and adapting its converting and packaging processes, Ahlstrom-Munksjö has established a partnership with BUFF® to supply its innovative, replaceable filter media which is included in BUFF®’s new range of face masks.
“These are exceptional moments for everyone and many organizations are bringing their contribution to support communities in this unprecedented situation. We, as a company, are committed into taking another small step in this direction. We joined forces with BUFF® on an exciting journey with a shared goal: helping to keep people safe. The expertise both companies have in their respective fields led to the development of this innovative product,” says Laia Guarro, Vice President at Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Liquid Technologies business.
Tests conducted on these new single-use filters have shown a 98% bacterial filtration efficiency and meet EN14683:2019 Type I & II standards. The new BUFF® Filter Mask is lightweight, ergonomic and easily adjustable. Its features make it ideal to be worn also during sport and outdoor activities, protecting the user yet allowing a high level of comfort.