In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) is expanding its healthcare product portfolio to include general-purpose face masks. After piloting the assembly for employee use, ARP expanded production to support its customers. Face masks are a critical tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Our teams quickly rallied, establishing the necessary skills, capability and expertise to assemble face masks,” according to Greg Rosati, vice president of healthcare for ARP’s Specialty Container business. “After first addressing the health and safety of our employees, we identified an opportunity to extend the offering to support our customers who have similar values and safety protocols in place.”

ARP is assembling the general-purpose face masks* at its Millville, N.J. facility. Securing its own supply of high-quality masks helps ensure Amcor colleagues continue to safely produce essential products without interruption. Expanding availability demonstrates ARP’s commitment to customers and expands capabilities and product offerings in the healthcare space.

The face masks meet general purpose-use requirements with a triple layer consisting of a non-woven inner and outer layer, and a melt-blown middle layer.

ARP has made a significant investment which includes the installation of an assembly line, infrastructure modifications, inventory of production materials, and related costs for design, quality, and packaging.