Ahlstrom- Munksjö's new product portfolio offers a full suite of fabrics for medical and civil use face masks, including biodegradable and compostable materials

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj Press Release February 11, 2021 at 16:00 EET 

The TenderGuard™ product portfolio consists of remarkably soft, comfortable, and protective fabrics.TenderGuard™ BioBased and BioFilter fabrics are designed for civil use and source control for infectious disease. They are biodegradable and compostable under controlled conditions according to European Norm EN13432. TenderGuard™ Natural and Smooth fabrics are designed for medical face masks.  They are protective, hypoallergenic, and environmentally friendly.

TenderGuard™ BioBased and BioFilter Barrier Face Covering Offering 

TenderGuard™ BioBased can be used as an inner or outer coverstock layer of a civil face mask. It is highly breathable, biocompatible, and non-irritating, so it's gentle on the skin and comfortable to wear for long durations. Mainly comprised of polylactic acid, which is a biopolymer made from sustainable and renewable sources, TenderGuard™ BioBased is an alternative to synthetic spunbond material.  

TenderGuard™ BioFilter is a sustainable filter media that can be used as a single layer or combined as a double layer for higher filtration performance in a barrier face covering. This unique fabric is made up of a special blend of cellulosic and cellulose-based manmade fibers making the filter media 100% bio-based.

"Using technology from our business and the expertise of the medical product development team, we were able to advance product functionality in our smart fiber-based solutions. Having products that are sustainable, renewable, and biocompatible allows for the opportunity to provide environmentally friendly options," commented Stuart Nixon, VP, Beverage and Casing, Ahlstrom-Munksjö.     

TenderGuard™ Natural and Smooth Medical Face Mask Offering

The TenderGuard™ product portfolio consists of protective fabrics applicable for medical use as wellTenderGuard™ Natural is a wetlaid fabric that can be used as the inner or outer layer of a face mask. It is environmentally friendly, and the hypoallergic inner layer makes it super soft for the wearer. With both layers together, TenderGuard™ Naturalachieves nearly 50% Bacterial Filtration Efficiency, which is remarkable without a filtration layer included.   

TenderGuard™ Smooth consists of bicomponent spunbond fabrics that are made with a proprietary technology that minimizes raised fibers. This creates a smooth surface to help eliminate any skin irritation, which is essential when it comes to a face mask. TenderGuard™ Smoothis hypoallergenic, so it is gentler on the skin, making it ideal to wear for long durations.  

"Ahlstrom-Munksjö is one of the world's leading players in sustainable solutions. With the addition of TenderGuard face mask fabrics, it further underscores our mission to expand the role for a sustainable everyday life while providing a protective and comfortable product," commented Lionel Bonte, VP, Medical, Ahlstrom-Munksjö.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Discover more about TenderGuard™ at www.ahlstrom-munksjo.com/tenderguard or contact us at medical@ahlstrom-munksjo.com.      


Ahlstrom-Munksjö in brief
Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a global leader in fiber-based materials, supplying innovative and sustainable solutions to its customers. Our mission is to expand the role of fiber-based solutions for sustainable everyday life. Our offering includes filter materials, release liners, food and beverage processing materials, decor papers, abrasive and tape backings, electrotechnical paper, glass fiber materials, medical fiber materials, diagnostics and energy storage solutions, as well as a range of specialty papers for industrial and consumer end-uses. Our annual net sales is about EUR 2.7 billion and we employ some 7,800 people. Read more at www.ahlstrom-munksjo.com