To address the need for personal protective equipment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastman and Guadalajara-based plastics extruder LAMINEX donated material and production resources to create protective face shields for medical personnel working with COVID-19 patients in Mexico. Eastman donated 1.3 tons of Eastman Spectar™ copolyester, and LAMINEX donated production resources to produce 17,000 face shields designed in collaboration with researchers from UNAM and Tecnológico de Monterrey through the Laboratorio Nacional de Manufactura Aditiva y Digital (MADiT).

To aid health specialists at the front line of the national health emergency and in response to the high demand for personal protective medical equipment, MADiT researchers created an innovative new design for the face shields and increased scalability of the manufacturing process.

The new design of these shields was endorsed by the Centro de Innovación Médica Aplicada (CIMA) of GEA Hospital. Tests show that the design achieves an ergonomic fit that provides complete protection of the face, including areas that conventional face shields left uncovered, such as lateral and inferior angles of the jaw.

The face shields were produced using Spectar, a sparkling, clear plastic that has become increasingly popular for COVID-19-related protective barriers and face shields. Spectar is BPA free, has excellent optical quality, and is resilient to many harsh disinfectants. This allows it to be sanitized multiple times without fear of breaking, staining, or hazing. Spectar is easily fabricated and formed to the unique curvature of the face, which makes it ideal for face shields.

LAMINEX—one of the most important sheet suppliers in the country—performed Spectar copolyester extrusion. Mandarina Design performed the cutting process by laser, while Comercializadora de Arte, Diseño Guvimex y Suajes Diacot used a special die cutting process for the manufacturing.

Civil society initiatives also provided important financial contributions, and many volunteers contributed to the preparation of the masks for delivery.

"At Eastman we are proud to be part of this initiative because we know that, in this way, it is possible to multiply the value of our donation. It is an honor to collaborate with great companies and specialists to meet a specific need: to protect health personnel in the face of this deadly pandemic," said Rogério Dias, Eastman’s sales manager of specialty plastics in Latin America.

The face shields were donated to public health institutions in Mexico City and Monterrey, including Hospital General de México, Hospital Juarez, and GEA Hospital—as well as to the Instituto Nacional de Perinatología and the Hospital de la Mujer. Training for the correct assembly, removal, and cleaning was also provided.

Protective face shields for medical professionals

Innovative design provides complete protection to help reduce infections by COVID-19 in essential healthcare professionals

About CIMA

To develop accessible technological alternatives for patients and doctors at GEA Hospital that contribute to medical care, the Centro de Innovación Médica Aplicada (CIMA) was created. This work team brings together researchers, doctors and technicians from various specialties and institutions through pro bono collaboration agreements.


Plastic Extruded Laminates | Founded in 1992, LAMINEX has more than 27 years of experience offering plastic sheets and rolls to serve the global printing and thermoforming market with the aim of making accessible and high-quality products. Every day, we work to achieve continuous improvement. We hold ISO 9001:2015 certification, which helps us fulfill our most important goal—having the trust of our clients and collaborators to always be the best option in the industry. LAMINEX is ready for the great challenges of the world, providing the experience and enthusiasm to create protection solutions of the highest level.

About MADiT

MADiT is the Laboratorio nacional. With leadership at UNAM and with associated institutions such as the Tecnológico de Monterrey, it promotes applied scientific research and cutting-edge technological development in the areas of engineering, digital manufacturing, value chain and supplies. It also facilitates access to additive manufacturing infrastructure for polymers, wax and metals among others, with application in different sectors such as medical, biomedical, aeronautical, automotive, electronics and more.

About Eastman

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2019 revenues of approximately $9.3 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.

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