Commodity chemical company Dow has collaborated with multiple packaging companies to supply isolation gowns for healthcare workers.
The partnership, which includes partners from various industries, will develop and donate 100,000 Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Level 2 isolation gowns.
The items are intended for healthcare professionals in Texas, Louisiana and Mexico.
Partners include Magna International, 3M, Cadillac Products Packaging Company, DuPont, Fitesa, Landaal Packaging Systems, Plastixx FFS Technologies, Shurtape and Volkswagen.
Dow Health & Hygiene global marketing director Michelle Boven said: “The Dow team is proud to continue developing PPE to help our frontline workers, but this effort would not have been possible without our partner companies, each of whom readily stepped up to make this project a reality.
“It’s also a testament to how quickly companies can innovate when a diverse team from different organisations across industries come together to achieve a common objective.”
Under this collaboration, the isolation gown will be developed with the design expertise provided by DuPont.
Dow will donate polyethylene film made with resin for the gown, while Fitesa will provide the non-woven material that gives tear resistance.
Cadillac will develop extrusion coating of the film making, while 3M and Shurtape will provide tape that offers barrier performance of the gown.
These gowns will be packed in bags developed by Plastixx FFS and shipped in boxes donated by Landaal Packaging Systems.
The gowns are labelled to comply with FDA guidance on non-surgical apparel and are also in line with ASTM and ANSI standards.
Earlier this month, Dow and stretch film manufacturer Doxa Plast partnered to deliver renewable stretch films.