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SWATCHES

Innovating for a COVID-19 marketplace

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UPPER: The ELY side blind from BAT
Group is designed to help restaurants
and other hospitality venues optimize
indoor and outdoor spaces safely.
Photo: BAT Group.
LOWER: Outdoor gear manufacturer
Flowfold is using clear film from
Dimension-Polyant to manufacture
face shields. Photo: Flowfold.

he word pivot will go down as an industry buzzword for 2020, but in sailing,
the equivalent term is tack or jibe. Dimension-Polyant (DP), a leader in the
production of technical sailcloth, has "tacked" to meet the urgent demands
of the PPE market, with a number of manufacturers tapping the company to
provide films and fabrics for face shields and gowns. Maine-based Flowfold®
approached DP in early March and other customers followed, including
G-Form, Space-X, Sail Works and UK Sailmakers. As of late May, more
than 300,000 units had been produced and shipped to the frontline medical
community. "Our extremely lightweight fabrics have been used in protective
garments, aprons and patient transfer sheets," says Taylor North, DP head
of technical fabrics. "We can also apply specialized coatings to make them
liquid repellent, slippery or soft." Dimension-Polyant is owned by Sioen
Industries of Belgium.
With public and commercial spaces reopening, Italy-based BAT Group
has introduced ELY, a side blind for outdoor use that meets the needs of
restaurants, hotels and other venues to increase spaces that can be used by
customers safely. The blind can be produced with different colors and fabrics
to create specific areas or provide privacy. Simple to install, the blind features
a linear and compact structure with a new symmetrical cassette and support
profile. The handle can be installed frontally or laterally, while a wheel makes
handling simple and safe. Up to four awnings can be connected to a central
pole to divide a space into four areas.
Innovatec GmbH has invested in two new production lines for meltblown
nonwovens with support from Germany's recently launched "Nonwoven
Production" funding program. Already a large producer of nonwovens,
the North Rhine-Westphalian company intends to produce an additional
1,500 tons of nonwoven per year with the new lines, one of which is from
Oerlikon Nonwoven. The additional volume will enable the production of
more than 1.5 billion protective masks.

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