Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Virgis Filter S.P.A and Webasto partner for an innovative filtration solution to protect indoor environments from COVID-19


Ahlstrom-Munksjö has established a viable partnership with Italian filter producer Virgis S.P.A for the distribution of an innovative HEPA filtration solution produced by Webasto. The innovative solution makes indoor environments safer against COVID-19 as well as other viral and bacterial organisms.

The launch of the high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) devices HFT300 and HFT600 in Europe in 2020 has rapidly met the demand for increased protection in vehicles and buildings. The main purpose of these filter devices is to protect the passengers and the operators in emergency vehicles, school buses and public transportation vehicles. The first units were primarily installed in ambulances in Germany and the U.S., as well as in public buses in the Netherlands and school buses in the U.S. The promotion of this innovative solution for private sectors such as offices, restaurants and museums has also started.

The spread of COVID-19 and the consequent increase in the global demand for protective materials required many companies to rapidly adapt, leverage their expertise and innovate. Ahlstrom-Munksjö used its long-term experience and leadership in the manufacture of filters to develop a suitable media for HEPA H14, manufactured in a compact cartridge that represents the core of the Webasto device.

The new HFT 300 and HFT 600 devices combine two main features to reduce viral loads in ambient air. They offer an extremely high virus removal efficiency thanks to HEPA H14 filters, and also generate  very high air volume flow for the rapid and complete filtration of the air every single minute.

The HFT 300 and HFT 600 devices are specifically designed to filter the air, removing 99.995% of particulates corresponding to SARS/COVID-19 virus sizes (0.1 micrometers) and effectively reducing the risk of infection. Ultra-compact and light, these devices can be installed in less than 30 minutes.  

The device complies with the International HEPA Filter standards WHO / CDC / ECDC, and is compliant with European Medical Device Directive CE 47/2007.

You can read more about HFT 300 and HFT 600 units from Webasto at https://www.webasto-comfort.com/int/content/air-filtration-system/

You can read more about HEPA filter from Ahlstrom-Munksjö at https://www.ahlstrom-munksjo.com/products/filter-media/air-filtration-for-industrial/high-efficiency-and-hvac/  

Further information:

Giuseppe Costa, Vice President, Filtration EMEA and Asia, tel. +39 348 871 1207, giuseppe.costa@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