April 23, 2020 - Texel Technical Materials, Inc., the manufacturing company behind the Feltkütur trademark, has responded to the Canadian government's request for Canadian companies to join forces to meet the urgent demand for medical protective equipment during the Coronavirus-Covid-19 crisis.
A collaboration of companies and organizations
Thanks to the coordination efforts of CTT Group, Vestechpro and TechniTextile Quebec, the Quebec textile sector has mobilized to meet the demand for the establishment of a supply chain for domestic medical grade textile materials in Quebec and Canada. Collaboration between the government and the various contributors of this initiative has been essential to ensure that companies present products that meet the requirements of these critical applications.
Medical protective gowns
For several weeks, Texel has been working hard on developing a nonwoven that meets the requirements for the manufacturing of medical protective gowns. Thanks to a collaboration with Atlantic Coated Papers Ltd. located in Windsor, Quebec, which will extrude a protective membrane, the goal of producing a material that qualifies for level 2 medical gowns has been achieved. This new material designed and manufactured in Quebec is now available to Canadian protective clothing manufacturers. Atlantic Coated Papers Ltd manufactures pharmaceutical packaging, construction and industrial coated papers, as well as automotive masking paper, wrapping paper, and vapor barriers at its two facilities in Windsor, Québec and Whitby, Ontario.
The Lydall team at work
Lydall Technical Nonwovens Research and Development team made several nonwoven samples for testing to meet the requirements for medical protective gowns. Thanks to the work of Hugues Lambert, Project manager, of Michel Paré, Research and Development technician, as well as Alex Alexis, Business unit manager Industrial, the nonwoven used for medical gowns was developed. This team, which is behind Feltkütur products, took a break from standard acoustic products and made every effort to meet the needs of the population.
The development team would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the front-line medical staff for their work and dedication during the Covid-19 crisis.
Left to right: Michel Paré (R&D technician Texel), Alex Alexis (Business unit manager Texel), Hugues Lambert (Project leader)