Ahlstrom-Munksjö PureArmor breathable impervious nonwoven fabric combines protection and comfort

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fibre based materials, announces the launch of Ahlstrom-Munksjö PureArmor™, a breathable impervious fabric for blood borne pathogen and cleanroom apparel protection.

“PureArmor™ eliminates the need to choose between comfort and protection. It offers the highest possible level of protection for sensitive environments without sacrificing the wearer’s comfort, which is unique when compared to fabrics frequently used in cleanroom apparel,” said Lionel Bonte, Vice President, Medical, Ahlstrom-Munksjö.

The new PureArmor™ fabric is a next generation tri-laminate nonwoven that has extremely low lint, making it suitable for applications that are sensitive to particle contamination. By leveraging patent pending Ahlstrom-Munksjö technology, our product development engineers achieved PureArmor’s™ extremely low levels of lint. The patent pending manufacturing process welds bi-component spunbond fibres together which makes the fabric less prone to shedding without sacrificing softness.

The barrier film layer at the centre of the tri-laminate fabric is a membrane which has a nonporous monolithic structure that provides an impervious barrier, thus blocking the passage of viruses, bacteria, fluids and particles. The structure of the film allows moisture vapor to pass through, allowing the wearer to remain comfortable while providing the highest level of protection.

Most nonwoven fabrics available for cleanroom applications have particle filtration efficiency between 94 – 98 % meaning that the fabric is allows hundreds of thousands of particles to be released into the cleanroom environment in addition to potential blood borne pathogens.  PureArmor’s™ monolithic film design stops 100 % of the particles and potential blood borne pathogens.

“PureArmor™ is an example of how Ahlstrom-Munksjö is leveraging our experience in manufacturing high protection surgical fabrics into products for other sensitive environments that require high levels of protection.” commented Jason Beard, platform leader, High Performance Medical, Ahlstrom-Munksjö.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s diverse product portfolio of fabrics within the medical segment also includes fabrics for use in many types of protective apparel, surgical drapes, gowns and sterile barrier systems meeting demanding performance needs.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a global leader in fiber-based materials, supplying innovative and sustainable solutions to customers worldwide. Our offerings include decor paper, filter media, release liners, abrasive backings, nonwovens, electrotechnical paper, glass fibre materials, food packaging and labelling, tape, medical fibre materials and solutions for diagnostics. Combined annual net sales are about EUR 2.15 billion and we employ 6,000 people. The Ahlstrom-Munksjö share is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and Stockholm. The company was formed on April 1, 2017 through the merger of Ahlstrom Corporation and Munksjö Oyj.

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