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COVID-19: Porcher industries launches mass production of masks.

Due to the current coronavirus emergency, Lyon France based Porcher Industries, has launched production of reusable masks certified by the DGA UNS-1

20th April 2020

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Lyon, France


© Porcher Industries.

Due to the current coronavirus emergency, Lyon France based Porcher Industries, has launched production of reusable masks certified by the DGA UNS-1.

A pioneer in high-performance thermoplastic composites and technical textiles, Porcher Industries has adapted part of its factory capacity for the mass production of a technical solution specially designed for producing masks. Started in early April, production capacity has already reached one million masks per week.

Porcher Industries’ teams rose to the occasion, quickly meeting the needs of this new demand by developing a combination of technical materials optimised for non-medical masks. The new hydrophobic filter material has obtained UNS-1 certification from the DGA, the company says.

“Masks made with this complex material are washable at 60° and can be reused 10 times if conditions for use are respected. Quick drying, they do not lose their shape. They are intended for non-medical purposes to prevent the projection of droplets. They can be used by professionals in contact with the public, such as the police and checkout personnel,” Porcher says.

"We wish to pay tribute to all our teams, particularly production and R&D, which have adapted our industrial activity to help us cope with the current emergency. They have been extremely reactive and adapted quickly and smoothly to new requirements," comments André Genton, CEO of Porcher Industries.


Results of DGA protocol for Porcher Industries filter material designed for production of AFNOR protective masks Spec. S76-001:2020 UNS-1 for non-medical purposes:

  • Filtration: 97% for 3 microns and 93% for 1 micron
  • Breathability: 139L.m-2.s-1
  • Performance criteria: AFNOR SPEC S76-001 (DGA report no.: RP/20-2307/DGA MNRBC/2000305/NP)
  • Reusable and washable mask at 60°C in household conditions
  • Quick-drying (air) hydrophobic material
  • Dimensional stability

 Porcher Industries is world leader in high-performance thermoplastic technical and composite textiles. With 2000 employees across three continents, Europe, China, United States and Brazil, Porcher Industries designs and produces innovative materials tailored to specific use in the aeronautics, defence, automotive, construction, industry, sports and leisure sectors. In 2018, Porcher Industries generated 335 million euros in revenue and have invested more than 100 million euros over the last 3 years.

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