ACM, an aviation company specialised in the development, production and overhaul of aircraft interiors, is converting part of its production in Memmingen, Germany from airplane and helicopter parts to textile-based personal protective equipment for combating the coronavirus pandemic. After completing prototypes of protective gowns and face masks, the first orders have already been received and production is in progress, according to the company.
The medium-sized international aviation supplier usually manufactures, develops and certifies over 120,000 plane and helicopter components per year. Today, however, its Memmingen factory is also producing textile-based personal protective equipment.
Because of the nature of ACM Aerospace’s products, the company already has expertise in textiles. Thanks to its existing research and development department and a partnership with a South German clinic, ACM Aerospace has been able to produce prototypes of protective gowns and a face mask extremely quickly – all of which will be sold at cost price.
“The first protective gowns are already being mass-produced. We’re confident we can deliver these to our first customers in only a few days,” stated Roger Hohl, managing director of ACM Aerospace. The supplier reports it is currently experiencing high levels of demand for these products.
“We’re getting enquiries from the private and public sectors, for example, as well as food producers, clinics and government ministries in Germany and abroad,” added Hohl.