Canadian firm manufacturing new masks at GR plant

QUEBEC CITY—Duvaltex, the medical and furniture textile manufacturer, announced the launch of a new non-medical protective face mask, manufactured at its plant in Grand Rapids.

The company said the new mask, called the X7, uses three-dimensional knitting technology to provide maximum comfort while minimizing the risk of contamination and transmission of viruses, such as COVID-19. It is also machine washable and reusable.

“We are continuing to leverage our extensive experience in the development and production of medical and technical textiles for the healthcare industry to help protect people and limit the spread of viruses, such as COVID-19,” said Alain Duval, CEO of Duvaltex. “We have made significant investments in new equipment at our plant in Michigan, developed special anti-microbial textiles, and used unique 3D-knit technology to bring these innovative masks to market in record time. All of our employees are proud to be contributing to the protection of Americans in today’s new reality by preventing the spread of viruses.”

Designed for all-day use, its air-chamber 3D-knit design ensures it fits the face perfectly and allows air to circulate freely, making it easy to breathe and limiting condensation. The mask features specifically engineered yarns that resist odor and combat microbe-causing bacteria for an additional level of protection. The yarns also allow the mask to be washed with a bleaching solution while preserving its color and shape.

Duval said the advanced technology at the Grand Rapids plant “allows us to eliminate waste in the production process and ensures our products are reusable, protecting our planet for future generations.”

Duvaltex’s X7 mask complies with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding face coverings and masks. It comes in different sizes for optimal face contouring and all adult face shapes. The mask is available in bulk quantities for large businesses as well as the retail, hospitality, and service sectors, or individually, through a dedicated e-commerce platform at knit.duvaltex.com.

Duvaltex is North America’s largest office furniture textile manufacturer and leading protective textiles provider. It specializes in the design and production of advanced and sustainable textiles.

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