News Release

SWM Advanced Materials for Face Masks Can Help Address Worldwide Mask Shortage

February 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM EST
Company Prepares to Ramp Up Production to Support International Community

Alpharetta, Feb. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SWM International (NYSE: SWM) stands ready to supply converters and manufacturers of face masks with advanced nonwoven materials necessary to meet the global challenge presented by the coronavirus outbreak.

“SWM has a long history of supplying high-quality media integral to the construction and performance of face masks used in the dental and surgical sectors as well as the industrial sector,” said Bart Sistrunk, SWM’s Commercial Director – Filtration. “Our DelporeTM meltblown media is widely used in face masks because it provides excellent breathability without sacrificing Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) and its lightweight nature allows for comfortable wear.”

A leading producer of meltblown media, SWM also offers DelnetTM apertured film, a lightweight nonwoven that is extruded, oriented, and uniquely embossed for use as a flexible surface layer for medical facemasks or as a comfort barrier in finger bandages.

“SWM is prepared to prioritize production of Delpore meltblown media and Delnet apertured film for customers who need materials for face mask production,” said Sistrunk. “We are committed to continued support during the current world health emergency.”

SWM will be exhibiting February 11-13, 2020 at Medical & Device Manufacturing West, the world's largest medical design and manufacturing event, in Anaheim, CA.  Visitors to the event can speak with SWM’s technical experts in Booth #1193.

About SWM:
SWM is a leading global performance materials company. Our highly engineered papers, films, nets and nonwovens are designed and manufactured using natural fibers and polymers for a variety of industries and applications. We provide our customers with essential components that enhance the performance of their products. End markets served include filtration, transportation, infrastructure and construction, medical, industrial, tobacco, energy, food services and home décor. SWM and its subsidiaries manufacture on four continents conduct business in over 90 countries and employ approximately 3,400 people worldwide. For further information, please visit SWM’s web site at www.swmintl.com.

Janice Kovalajkovala@swmintl.com

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Source: Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.