Adhesives for Medical Protective Wear

Henkel adhesive solutions responding to the needs in the pandemic 

The current coronavirus outbreak is clearly the biggest challenge to the world in the last 70 years. With more than five million cases worldwide and the highly contagious factor, the COVID-19 has changed our lives. All countries have taken measures to slow down the spread including strict lockdowns, closed borders and the general use of face masks. This pandemic exposes the vulnerability of humanity, the fragility of established health systems, the importance of medical research, and the crucial role of all health care workers. These health care workers have been proclaimed as heroes but, nevertheless, are unfortunately the most exposed to the virus. 

Increasing demand for face masks: Henkel supporting the personal hygiene industry with adhesive solutions

The demand for Medical Protective Wear has increased exponentially and some countries are facing shortages. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) modeling, an estimated of 89 million medical masks per month are required in the COVID-19 response. For this reason, factories of personal hygiene products and nonwovens are adapting their production lines to fulfil the increasing demand. We at Henkel wish to contribute to the efforts with our know-how and adhesive solutions. 

Adhesives for medical face masks, respiratory protective devices, isolation gowns and surgical drapes

As a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak we have identified the following product applications where products from our portfolio are being used.

Medical Face Masks

are designed to protect others from infective agents from the nose and mouth while speaking, breathing or coughing. The adhesives are used for the lamination of layers and elastic strap fixation. 

Respiratory Protective Devices

protect the user against particles and aerosols. They may or may not have a valve. The adhesives are used for the lamination of layers and elastic strap fixation. 

Isolation Gowns and Surgical Drapes

Protective apparel used to protect health care workers and patients from the transfer of microorganisms and body fluids. The adhesives are used for the lamination of layers and for the adhesive stripes in skin contact. 

Reliable and high performing adhesive solutions, perfectly suitable for the use in medical products

Henkel adhesive solutions for the personal hygiene industry fulfil high standards of safety and purity. We are producing these adhesives in our ISO 9001 approved factories and are using reliable, validated and tested raw materials which are produced by trusted partners and suppliers. We have defined a range of products perfectly designed for the use in medical protective wear products. These products are already proven successfully in the applications in scope and provide excellent performance and quality, such as stability over time, low chemical odor, low levels of Substances of Interest (SoI) and very favorable processability features. Hence the products are perfectly suitable both for experts as well as new producers of nonwovens based medical protective wear products. 

Henkel: more than an adhesive provider

The pandemic is a challenge for the governments, the industries and all individuals. Henkel has a long history in adhesive production and our technical expertise is based on a wide range of capabilities that includes demanding fields such as the medical and automotive industries. As an experienced manufacturer for the hygiene industry, we aim to provide the best support, guidance and service to enable the ramp up of production of medical protective wear products.

Rely on us and our expertise – we are happy to provide you with all our knowledge and support to jointly fight the COVID-19 virus. 

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