The Melitta Group is switching parts of its coffee filter production operations in Minden, Germany, to produce face masks amid the global pandemic.
Melitta noted that the face masks were developed by three companies from the group, each one of them from different industries and segments, all specialists in the production of filtering materials. The material used to produce these masks is not made of regular paper filter as used in Melitta coffee filters, it consists of a three-layer non-woven material. The mask is shaped like the brand’s coffee filters, with filtration, breathing and wearing characteristics.
Melitta recently produced the first million masks and said that existing capacities should be capable of producing up to one million masks each day in the near future. In addition to Germany, the Melitta Group also plans to use existing production capacities in the U.S. and Brazil to manufacture face masks for countries in North and South America.
“With our production capacities, we are able to manufacture considerable quantities of face masks in a very short time,” said Jero Bentz, member of the Melitta Group’s chief corporate management and general partner. “For decades, our company has specialized in the development and production of filter materials such as coffee filters, vacuum cleaner bags and other industrial specialty papers such as non-woven wallpaper and raw materials for air filters— including for the medical sector.”