Lohne, August 2020 – Company offers mouth-nose cover in its webshop / Special conditions for health care institutions
Under the name FaireMasken, the Lohner plastics company Pöppelmann is now launching cost-effective mouth-nose covers on the market. The high-quality masks can be ordered immediately from the company's webshop at www.fairemasken.de/en. Managing Director Matthias Lesch explains: "Pöppelmann takes care of the masks quickly and pragmatically. This is our promise to our customers - and this is what we demand of ourselves even in these challenging times. Now uncomplicated and at the same time sensible solutions are in demand. We are sure that our resource-saving, cost-effective and flexible masks are part of it."
The masks from Pöppelmann, which are suitable for long-term multiple use, are intended as mouth-nose covers to help intercept the droplets that can spread when coughing, sneezing or speaking and reduce their speed. They can be worn in situations where a temporary mouthguard seems to make sense - for example when working with others, but also on buses and trains or when shopping. Pöppelmann expressly points out that FaireMasken are currently neither certified nor medically tested.
Due to their design, Pöppelmann masks fit closer to the face than, for example, an improvised face mask made of fabric. In view of the current extremely limited stocks of filter materials, the company points to another advantage: while other masks are often made entirely of non-woven material, only a small piece is needed to use this mask. In addition, the options for selecting the filter material are highly variable: depending on availability, the use of simple paper tissues is just as conceivable as that of higher-quality nonwoven materials.
Customers from the healthcare sector, aid organisations and public administration will receive the masks at special conditions (2.50 euros per mask, including non-woven material plus freight costs). "We think this is only fair", explains managing director Matthias Lesch. "Because the employees in these system-critical areas are committed to our health in the current situation". But the company is of course equally pleased to receive enquiries from industry, trade and commerce. "We know from our own experience how important preventive measures are in everyday operations," says Matthias Lesch. Companies can order at a low unit price of 3.50 euros (including fleece, plus freight costs). For reasons of commercial law, the masks cannot be sold to private individuals.
The managing director points out that there is already a great need for this. "Our participating teams will do everything in their power to deal with the requests in a timely manner." The company has been able to realize this product development in a very short time. "This was only possible thanks to the enthusiasm and strong cooperation of the many colleagues involved. This is what makes Pöppelmann stand out even in these times of crisis."
The idea was born in mid-March in the team of the Pöppelmann Division FAMAC® against the background of the effects of the pandemic which were clearly noticeable at that time. The wife of Pöppelmann colleague Torsten Mairose, who works in a medical practice, had told him about the consequences of the blatant supply shortages. Coincidentally, a conversation with his colleague Mike Landwehr took place shortly afterwards: The sales representative at Pöppelmann FAMAC® and specialist for medical technology and pharmaceuticals saw links to an already existing customer project. The conversation was the start of a company-wide and cross-departmental cooperation with committed participants from all divisions.
The business partners, whose support made the rapid implementation of the good idea possible, were also highly motivated: Pöppelmann was able to rely on the short and good contact to Dirk Olberding from Lohne in the search for the suitable material: The Market Manager Consumer of KRAIBURG TPE GmbH & Co KG, based in Waldkraiburg/Upper Bavaria, supplied Pöppelmann with a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) specially developed for medical applications for the first tests in an uncomplicated manner, so that the right raw material was quickly found.
In the search for a suitable nonwoven material, the long-standing good and cooperative partnership with Schreiner Group GmbH & Co KG (Oberschleißheim) proved to be an excellent basis for an optimum solution. Schreiner Group processes such nonwovens itself and supplies companies in the pharmaceutical, medical technology and automotive industries with functional labels and functional parts.
"With this product development, we want to use our know-how and our technologies in the fight against the pandemic to alleviate the enormous shortage of masks a little in the short term," says Matthias Lesch - and adds: "Now everyone is called upon to take responsibility and make their contribution. We are doing this together with many of our system-relevant customers, including in the fields of diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and food, by securing supplies and expanding our capacities under high pressure".