The production of local masks a priority for France


Situated in Saint-Barthélemy-re’Anjou near Angers, in France, Kolmi-Hopen is the European branch of the Medicom group and is France leading producer of surgical and respiratory masks. The 14,300 m² production site is equipped with a clean room of over 1,000 m², classified ISO 8.

Medicom acquired the Kolmi-Hopen production site in 2011 as part of a strategic initiative to diversify the production of masks worldwide to allow each site to develop the manufacturing expertise required in each region, account given differences in local registration requirements, quality standards and distribution channels. .

France has historically been the main market for masks produced at Kolmi-Hopen. Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, France has put in place restrictions on the export of masks and other PPE and supports initiatives to increase production at the factory in order to best respond to increased demand. With these investments, this capacity should double in a few months.

Sure Tuesday March 31, French President Emmanuel Macron visited the Kolmi-Hopen facilities to reassure French citizens that the government is investing and working with the Kolmi-Hopen management team to increase production, increase capacity and provide intensive care professionals with as many products that they can produce.

President Macron posted a statement from the establishment and posted it on his LinkedIn page:

“We are proud to be associated with the government of France to increase efficiency, improve production and shorten the time it takes to distribute essential equipment to frontline workers, “said Kolmi-Hopen general manager Gérald Heuliez. I have been personally invited to join a strategic government task force to help the local pandemic response team improve their responsiveness across the health care network. I am extremely proud of our collaboration. “

With three decades of scientific expertise and a vast global network of raw material suppliers, Medicom is uniquely positioned to help meet the exponential demand for products such as face masks during global health crises such as the current coronavirus pandemic.

About Medicom
Medicom Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of high-quality, single-use, preventive infection control products for the medical, dental, industrial, veterinary, laboratory, and health and beauty markets. Medicom distributes infection control products under the Medicom, Ritmed and Hopen brands, as well as the recently acquired Hedy Canada Inc. Medicom operates under the company Kolmi-Hopen in Angers, in France and Medicom Asia in Hong Kong.

Medicom has extensive experience in meeting the demand for personal protective equipment during a pandemic. Medicom was founded in 1988 in response to the urgent need for medical gloves for healthcare professionals during the global HIV crisis. Since then, the company has been a reliable supplier of infection control solutions for multiple epidemics, including avian flu, SARS, H1N1 and Ebola.

For more information on Medicom’s infection control solutions, including its wide range of medical masks, please visit

For more information on Kolmi-Hopen, please visit Kolmi-Hopen.

SOURCE AMD Medicom Inc.

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