Bed business Hilding Anders has started production of surgical masks in three plants so far, Prelog (Croatia), Vromshoop (Netherlands) and Roztoky u Jilemnice (Czech Republic).
Further plants are likely to follow, making the best possible use the company’s significant production capacity.
The masks produced consist of two layers (cotton and a non-woven fabric), which are attached with either cotton or elastic bands. They are washable at 95°C and therefore reusable.
Following the market launch in Croatia and the Czech Republic, where the relevant authorities have been very supportive and quick to respond, Hilding Anders is in contact with authorities in several European countries to obtain the necessary certificates, making use of the accelerated procedures introduced in many European countries under the current conditions.
Hilding Anders is also actively seeking ways to help local communities through donations or other relevant activities. In the Czech Republic, it has initiated first such collaborations with hospitals as well as with retirement and nursing homes.
Commenting on the production, the company said: “We know how important it is to maintain good bed hygiene and the hygienic properties of a mattress for as long as possible. Mattress sewing is one of our core competences.
“In the present circumstances, we are putting to work this know-how, our production skills, and capacity, as well as our customer proximity to provide our employees and external third parties with surgical masks.”
Hilding Anders is a global leader in bedding, operating 18 manufacturing sites across Europe and five plants in Asia.