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Bluetree boosts mask production with UK-first kit

Bluetree Group, the company behind the Instant Print and Route1Print brands, has taken delivery of new machinery that will enhance its mask production service.

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The two new machines will be installed at Bluetree’s Rotherham facility

The first of their kind in the UK, the meltblown machines will support Bluetree’s manufacturing of type IIR surgical face mask, allowing it to create the bacterial filtration layer of the face masks - or ‘meltblown’ - in house.

Installation of two of the machines at the company’s Rotherham factory will enable the team to produce 100 tonnes of meltblown each month, providing the country with a constant source of surgical face masks.

Meltblown is the middle layer of the surgical face mask, which filters out harmful particles, and is also an important component for the production of gowns and respirators.

“Given that meltblown plays such an essential part of the manufacturing process of Bluetree Group’s masks, the company decided to bring the manufacturing of this material in-house to ensure it can not only control the production but also ensure it meets the high demand for the face masks,” Bluetree says in a statement.

“For a face mask to be certified as a type IIR mask, it must achieve a Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) equal to or in excess of 98% and Bluetree Group’s machine meets these high standards.”

Following its move to manufacture face masks earlier this year, Bluetree has launched a major recruitment drive to fill 400 new roles, 12 of which will be created as a result of the two new meltblown machines.

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