As part of its ongoing efforts to protect people and limit the spread of viruses, such as COVID-19, Guilford, Maine, headquartered Duvaltex, recently launched an innovative, non-medical protective 3D knitted face mask. The company recently made substantial investments in new 3D knitting equipment at its Grand Rapids, MI, facility to provide it with the capacity to produce millions of its X7 mask. Duvaltex’ X7 is available in bulk quantities for large businesses as well as for the retail, hospitality, and service sectors, or individually through a dedicated e-commerce platform at www.knit.duvaltex.com.
The 3D-knit construction of the X7 mask allows air to circulate inside the mask, limiting condensation and making it comfortable to wear for long periods, Duvaltex says. Specially engineered yarns help prevent odour and combat microbe causing bacteria providing an additional level of protection and the X7 can be washed or disinfected after each use without affecting the colour or shape, while benefiting the planet, the company says.
The X7 protection mask complies with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations regarding face coverings and masks. It comes in different sizes for optimal face contouring and all adult face shapes.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Duvaltex has also mobilized its North American manufacturing facilities to produce millions of yards of medical textiles in record time to meet major government contracts for personal protective equipment (PPE) and support healthcare institutions. Employees at the company’s facilities and offices in Guilford, ME, Grand Rapids, MI, New York, NY, and Elkin, NC, as well as companies in its US supply chain, have played a key role in this major effort alongside Duvaltex teams located in Canada.
Duvaltex is ramping up production to offer its full range of high-quality Level 1 and Level 2 gowns and antimicrobial scrub textiles to front-line healthcare workers and their patients in the United States.
Made from durable, breathable and soft touch engineered fabrics, Duvaltex’s textiles meet the most stringent quality specifications to provide optimal protection against the transfer of microorganisms, body fluids, and particulate matter, the New England based company reports.
“Our U.S. teams, based in Maine and Michigan, have been developing and manufacturing medical textiles and products for the healthcare industry for more than 20 years and are ready to meet the increasing demand for personal protective equipment,” said Alain Duval, Chief Executive Officer of Duvaltex.
“We are especially proud of the durability of our textiles, which can be washed and reused over 100 times. Each lot is tested to meet the highest quality and traceability standards and ensure they are defect-free.”
Duvaltex’s engineered Level 1 and 2 reusable fabrics are woven to make medical and hospital gowns as well as laboratory and protective clothing, with and without antistatic performance capabilities. The antistatic technology incorporated in the medical fabric construction reduces the build-up of static charges, ensuring a cleaner and safer work environment, the company adds.
As a recognized leader in specialty textile innovation, Duvaltex has developed advanced technical fabrics designed to meet the needs of frontline healthcare workers. Its antimicrobial scrub fabric is used to make scrub shirts, tops, tunics, jackets, pants and uniforms, and can be washed and reused multiple times. The company also offers cubicle curtain fabric for healthcare environments that can be seen from both sides.
All Duvaltex fabrics meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), American Society of Testing Materials International (ASTM), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) quality standards.