Correction: in an earlier version of this story we suggested that Pelma was designing face masks we are happy to clarify that the manufacturer is Tecnoline. Pelma is supplying foam for the masks.
Modena, Italy – Flexible foam company Pelma is supplying flexible polyurethane foam for a disposable face mask designed by Tecnoline that could be useful against exposure to Coronavirus.
'We started making filters for surgical ventilators over 20 years ago, Geno Alboresi said. The project to design and make the masks started 10 days ago. Pelma foam was used in a prototype that went into production within 24 hours of starting the design, he said.
'The idea is to use polyurethane foam to make face masks. These are being tested and the results are due by the end of the week,' he said. Testing revolves around the biocompatibility of polyurethane and human skin. 'We are sure that everything will be good, but we are waiting for the results,' he added.
Although it is not clear how many masks will be made at this stage, they will all be destined for Italy because of the current export restrictions