According to declaration published by Edana; the current global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus has highlighted the importance of face masks, disinfecting wipes and personal protective clothing, as well as the need to keep the supply chain going to ensure the production and supply of those products.
In this context it is interesting to look at the wider picture including other nonwovens-based products that also contribute in the battle against this pandemic:
- Components for rapid test kits
Many diagnostics companies worldwide are working on the development of test kits for easy and rapid detection of the Coronavirus. These kits include fibre-based components which can detect the virus in blood.
- Cards for collection of biosamples
These cards are used for screening of infectious diseases on a large scale. They can be an alternative to the more traditional liquid sampling: blood or saliva samples collected directly onto the card, can be stored and transported at ambient temperature prior to analysis.
- Filters for ventilators
As the most severe cases affected by COVID-19 require artificial ventilation, there is a strong demand for the filter media that are used in order to secure the safety of ventilators and the quality of air provided to patients.
- Laboratory filters
Healthcare structures, hospitals and laboratories are now facing new challenges for analysis, sample preparation and laboratory works especially research geared towards treatment of and vaccination against COVID-19. Laboratory filters are used to remove particulates from samples in laboratory-scale applications.
Turkey has Advanced capacity in the field of Nonwovens and Technical Textiles
During the COVID-19 pandemic; The World continues to explore the important role of nonwovens in the protection of healthcare professionals and patients with the medical equipment and personal protective equipment such as; medical masks ,respiratory masks, ventilators, gowns, curtains. In Turkey, many companies operating in the field of technical textiles and nonwovens, proves its global success in this field by playing an important role in the international market.
Thanks to national and domestic production, companies continues to meet the masks and disinfectants needs of Turkey and especially health workers rapidly. Turkey Exporters Assembly (TIM), being the unique umbrella organization in Turkey for 61 exporters union scattered through 27 industries with their 90 thousand exporting companies, aims to start with the production of 1 million masks daily and reach the capacity of 40 million masks monthly. In addition, Turkey as well as produce medical equipment for its own country, but also provides the necessary support to countries in need of it.