CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero MARZO 2020
FACTORIES SWITCH PRODUCTION TO BOOST MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO
Growing numbers of companies are changing tack, shelving
production of normal wares to make hand sanitiser and other medical
Some forwarders, meanwhile, are offering to ship them.
French luxury group LVMH has switched its luxury perfumes for
sanitiser, while small gin distilleries across the UK and Ireland
and France's Pernod Ricard have also stepped in as alcohol supplies
in Europe dwindle.
Flow Water Technologies has offered to supply the Cyprus
government with disinfectant free of charge, after it ramped up
production of disinfectant compound sodium hypochlorite. It is now
capable of making five cubic metres of high-concentrate a day, the
equivalent of 60 cubic metres of sanitiser.
"We have taken the joint decision to put aside our
immediate commercial objectives and help assist with the national
fight against Covid-19 infection escalation," said chief
executive Mark Hadfield.
"Cyprus imports chemicals, but it will soon run out. As
Flow Water Technologies BWMS solution holds a Cyprus biocide licence
for the emergency services, the moral obligation was clear."
But it's not just manufacturers looking to help the fight
Flexport.org is to export thousands of coronavirus test kits
from Asian suppliers to the US west coast, but added that it had
"limited resources to pay for all of these and other urgently
needed supplies for the healthcare system", and called for
It said: "It's time to punch back, join humanity's
counterattack by making a tax-deductible donation. 100% of your
money will go toward buying and shipping critical products for the
world's healthcare systems in this time of need."
Another forwarder, on LinkedIn, commented: "I proudly work
for a rival company, but I absolutely applaud these efforts as we
all need to work together, especially in the logistics/supply chain
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