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MELT DELIVERY EQUIPMENT FROM NORDSON HELPS MEET URGENT NEED FOR NONWOVEN SHEET USED IN PROTECTING AGAINST COVID-19

German and Chinese Manufacturers of Melt Blown PP Have Ordered Many BKG® Gear Pumps and Screen Changers Needed to Ensure Medical Purity for Masks and Other PPE

MÜNSTER, GERMANY, May 7, 2020: In the latest example of the crucial role of the plastics industry in fighting the novel coronavirus, Nordson Corporation reports supplying large quantities of gear pumps and screen changers to producers of melt blown polypropylene microfiber sheet for the masks, gowns, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare workers.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Nordson has shipped many BKG® NorCon™ screen changers to global market leading extrusion OEMs in Europe and even greater numbers of BKG® BlueFlow™ gear pumps to OEMs around the world, including China. More orders are in discussion, according to Sven Conrad, Global Business Director.

In the melt blowing process, extruded polymer passes through small holes in a nozzle surrounded by high-speed blowing gas, producing the randomly oriented microfibers that make up a nonwoven sheet. The BKG melt delivery components are deployed between the extruder and the melt-blowing tool. A gear pump provides the uniform melt flow and pressure required for the process to operate efficiently and with uniformly high-quality product. A screen changer filters out impurities to protect the dispense tool and yield the clean product required in medical applications.

“There continues to be an urgent need for the microfiber fabrics used in protecting medical professionals as they cope with the surge in COVID-19 cases,” said Mr. Conrad. “Like other companies in the plastics industry, Nordson supplies products that are essential in the global effort to mitigate the spread of this deadly infection. It shows once more that, given proper handling and disposal, how important plastics can be in our modern society.”

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Nordson Corporation engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for the precision dispensing of adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials, polymers, plastics and other materials, fluid management, test and inspection, UV curing and plasma surface treatment, all supported by application expertise and direct global sales and service. Nordson serves a wide variety of consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, construction, and general product assembly and finishing. Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries. Visit Nordson on the web at http://www.nordson.com, @Nordson_Corp, or www.facebook.com/nordson.

Nordson Polymer Processing Systems provides customers with engineered components to melt, homogenize, filter, meter, and give shape to plastic and fluid coating materials. Nordson Corporation leverages the collective plastics industry experience from a series of strategic acquisitions to offer a uniquely broad portfolio of industry-leading technologies. Nordson delivers a full range of precision melt stream products — from screws and barrels for extrusion and injection molding — to filtration systems, pumps, and valves — to the extrusion dies and pelletizing systems to meet the constantly evolving needs of the polymer industry.

Nordson Corporation provides customers with local technical sales, service and remanufacturing capabilities through sales organizations and regional manufacturing facilities in over 30 countries. To learn more visit us at http://www.nordsonpolymerprocessing.com, https://www.linkedin.com/company/nordson-polymer-processing-systems/, www.facebook.com/NordsonPPS.