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Avery Dennison adapts production to help in COVID-19 fight

Company to donate 500 thousand face shields to hospitals

20th April 2020

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Mentor, OH


Avery Dennison’s medical business will produce personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Avery Dennison Medical, based in Mentor, Ohio, has adapted manufacturing lines and started producing vital disposable plastic face shields for healthcare professionals, and persons that require additional protective equipment in their line of work.

The Disposable Plastic Face Shield is a protective clear anti-fog coated polyester plastic sheet that can be used two different ways. Its innovative design allows the user to wear it using the easy to assemble, integrated adjustable plastic headband, or the shield can be applied directly to the forehead or an article of clothing using the skin-friendly, gentle and repositionable adhesive tape strip. The face shield is designed with user comfort in mind and accommodates the wearing of face masks or respirators.

Avery Dennison will produce 500,000 of these disposable plastic face shields, which will be donated to U.S. medical and healthcare facilities most in need. Initial donations will be made to Ohio hospitals including the Cleveland Clinic and Lake Health Hospital System, and many other hospitals and organizations nationwide.

“At the Cleveland Clinic, we know we are most effective when we work together with our communities,” said Lara Kalafatis, chair, Cleveland Clinic Philanthropy Institute. “We are grateful to the many organizations, like Avery Dennison, that have put their teams and expertise to work supplying our healthcare heroes on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.”

“We can’t thank Avery Dennison enough for stepping up the way you are for Lake Health Hospital System,” said Mark Flash, executive director, Lake Health Hospital System. “You are serving the community and our team members in an extraordinary way and directly saving lives.”

Avery Dennison is also participating in several national databases such as Project N95 and, created to connect PPE suppliers with healthcare providers to help put life-saving equipment into the hands of frontline health workers as quickly as possible in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“We urge every company in the manufacturing sector that can repurpose production to join the battle against COVID-19,” said Neal Carty, business director for North America and senior director of global research and development, Avery Dennison Medical. “Our team has shown tremendous agility and creativity, which is a testament to their dedication during these extraordinary times.”  

Avery Dennison Medical is currently developing other types of PPE in response to COVID-19. Organizations with a need for disposable plastic face shields and other PPE can contact the company by visiting -   

Avery Dennison is a global materials science company, specializing in the design and production of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company's products are used by most industries and include self-adhesive, pressure-sensitive materials for labeling and visual communication applications; tapes and other solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications; clothing labels, tags and props; in addition to radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions for the fashion market and others. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs approximately 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2019 were $ 7.1 billion.

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