In this MEDICA-tradefair.com interview, Philip Jongebloed and Patrick Scholz talk about the consortium composed of Moss GmbH, IBF Automation GmbH, and the Fraunhofer IPT, discuss the challenges of the project and explain how the partners plan to improve and expand production in the near future.
Mr. Jongebloed, Mr. Scholz, since mid-April your consortium has quickly built a production facility that makes surgical face masks to meet the rise in demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. What is the current status of the project?
Philip Jongebloed: The prototype build has been completed. Since May 25, the production facility has produced the projected 50,000 surgical masks per day thanks to a three-shift operation.
What prompted this collaborative partnership?
Patrick Scholz: Moss GmbH is the contracting entity and the initiator of the project. Moss is a premier provider of tensioned fabric solutions to the exhibit, event and retail interiors industries. The company abruptly lost a large percentage of its core business due to the coronavirus crisis. Yet it also has a large sewing facility, allowing the company to take advantage of its expertise to process fabrics. Initially, Moss used the freed-up capacities to make non-medical fabric face masks (or 'community' masks). The next step was to start producing surgical masks that meet the stringent standards in Germany.