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Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus


Last updated on 4/9/2020
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Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

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bath units manufactured by composites fabricator for coronavirus hospitals

Source | R3 Composites Corp.

Editors’ note: The editorial team at CompositesWorld has received a number of messages and press releases from composites industry suppliers and fabricators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These messages and responses can be found below, and we will continue collecting information and stories here as we receive them. If you have a message you’d like to share with the composites industry through this page, please send an email to jeff@compositesworld.com.

For more information on business conditions, see Gardner Intelligence. For guidance on approaching coronavirus as an employer, we recommend the CDC website.

 

BMComposites to reopen April 14

April 9, 2020

Following the confirmation by the Spanish government, BMComposites’ (Mallorca, Spain) workshop in Son Morro will reopen on Tuesday, April 14 while following strict hygiene protocols. The company says its boatbuilders and project team will be working in STP from Tuesday and will be following all procedures advised by the Health Authority and STP.


 

A&P Technology produces face shields, supports healthcare relief efforts

April 8, 2020

Braiding specialist A&P Technology (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.) continues to operate as an essential business supplying critical industries. While the company’s manufacturing floor maintains normal production activity, it has redirected its Shop and Fabrication teams to focus on production of face shields. By next week, A&P hopes to have more than 10,000 fully assembled units to donate directly to front line healthcare workers. In addition, the company is evaluating the possibility of braiding the elastic band required for these face shields, due to limited availability of the band.

In addition, A&P’s production directly supports manufacturers focused on healthcare relief efforts during this pandemic, while maintaining supply to applications in critical industries. The company’s braided materials enable the build of quick deploying field hospital tents, emergency response shelters, medical treatment beds and hospital screens.


 

Eastman Machine Co. and partners produce face shields for Utah hospitals  

April 8, 2020

face shield

Source | Eastman Machine Co.

Eastman Machine Co. (Buffalo, N.Y., U.S.), which manufactures cutting tables used in the composites industry, has partnered with DPS Skis (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.), Goal Zero (Bluffdale, Utah, U.S.) and Petzl to manufacture medical-grade reusable polycarbonate face shields for the Utah Department of Health. 

Production of the face shields has commenced at DPS Skis’ Salt Lake City factory, with the first shipment of shields expected to be delivered in the coming weeks to Utah’s medical community. The four brands have come together in a unique way to make this possible, with tooling donated by Eastman, raw materials purchased by Goal Zero and by utilizing retrofitted Petzl headlamp headbands.


 

R3 Composites Corp. builds shower units for mobile hospitals

April 8, 2020

bath units manufactured by composites fabricator for coronavirus hospitals

Pictured from left to right in front of a 4,400-ton compression press: Roy Potter, American Bath Group’s Aquatic SMC Plant Manager; Marc Hickman, R3 Composites Operations Manager; and Francisco Rojas, R3 Press Operator. Source | R3 Composites Corp.

R3 Composites Corp. (Grabill, Ind., U.S.) announces that it is manufacturing standalone shower units destined for mobile hospitals, for its customer American Bath Group. The first shipment will leave the R3 docks on April 8 bound for a popup hospital in an area hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. R3 Composites is following the CDC recommendations for a safe work environment and benchmarking other essential manufacturing locations to ensure the company is doing everything they can to create a safe work environment while producing product to aid the frontline fight against COVID-19.


 

Spirit AeroSystems announces new cost-reduction measures in light of coronavirus

April 8, 2020

See full story here.


 

Gerber Technology brings together industry suppliers to increase production, availability of PPE

April 8, 2020

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Gerber Technology (Tolland, Conn., U.S.) has created a Global PPE Task Force that has brought together more than 600 manufacturers, technology partners and industry coalition partners to make personal protection equipment (PPE) products available broadly around the world.

Building on their successful experience of converting Chinese manufacturers to produce PPE to address the COVID-19 mitigation plans in China, Gerber and its partners formed a network to scale the global production and to match supply and demand for critically needed PPE products. Gerber’s partners include leading industry companies and associations such as: AAFA, AAPN, Coats, Elevate Textiles, Fashion for Frontline, Henderson Sewing, Industrial Fabrics Association International, NCTO, SPESA, Suuchi and Zilingo.


 

Triumph Group converts manufacturing resources to produce PPE, medical equipment

April 7, 2020

Triumph Group (Berwyn, Pa., U.S.), whose Triumph Aerospace Structures business designs, develops and certifies aircraft structures including composites, has announced that it is using manufacturing resource to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) and components for oxygen distributors for first responders and local hospitals.

The Triumph Systems & Support site in Isle of Man is partnering with Nobel's Hospital to produce valves using 3D printers that are retrofitted on snorkeling masks and connected to oxygen distributors to create makeshift ventilator masks. The site is working with other local manufactures to produce approximately 650 valves per week.

The Triumph Systems & Support aftermarket repair businesses in Atlanta, Georgia and Hot Springs, Arkansas will aid in the production of nonmedical fabric masks used to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets to the face. These sites will provide the high-demand form of PPE for other Triumph sites as well as community partners.

Several other Triumph sites in the U.S. will produce 3D-printed face shields for first responders using approved design templates. The company’s facilities in Red Oak, Texas and Park City, Utah have the capacity to print approximately 1,000 units per week. The company is also exploring opportunities to print ventilator parts.

The Triumph Group Foundation is also expanding support for nonprofit organizations serving communities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. 


 

Composite Integration designs face visor prototype for U.K. health workers

April 6, 2020

face visor to combat coronavirus pandemic

Source | Composite Integration

Composite Integration (Saltash, U.K.), in collaboration with several colleagues from across the U.K., is using its production capabilities to accelerate the design of face visors, producing prototypes which have been functionally reviewed and accepted by NHS Plymouth.

All components have been procured from local U.K. sources, enabling Composite Integration to offer rapid supply to meet the growing demand. Production has started and Composite Integration is aiming to manufacture approximately 2,500 visors per week for key workers, including doctors, nurses, carers, shop workers and delivery drivers.

In addition, the company reports that it has introduced strict health and safety measures to protect its employees, families, customers and suppliers. Many of its employees are working remotely from home, reducing the contact levels internally and the main facility is working with a skeleton crew allowing it to fulfill customer requirements.


 

Hexcel takes cost-reduction steps including merger termination

April 6, 2020

Hexcel Corp. (Stamford, Conn., U.S.) reports that as its plants continue to operate and serve customers during the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, the company is committed to providing a safe and secure workplace for its employees, instituting additional safety measures such as enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures, social distancing protocols, and working from home for  employees who can do so.

To mitigate the effect of current market conditions, the company has taken immediate steps to reduce costs including implementing a hiring freeze, restricting travel, scrutinizing all discretionary spending, curtailing capital expenditures and evaluating employment levels to align with lower customer demand.

Also announced on April 6, as a result of market uncertainty the company has terminated its previously announced merger of equals with Woodward.

 


 

Boeing suspends 787 operations in South Carolina

April 6, 2020

 

The Boeing Co. (Chicago, Ill., U.S) will temporarily suspend all 787 operations at Boeing South Carolina (BSC) until further notice, starting at the end of second shift on Wednesday, April 8. This impacts the Airport Campus, Emergent Operations, Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina and Propulsion South Carolina.

“It is our commitment to focus on the health and safety of our teammates while assessing the spread of the virus across the state, its impact on the reliability of our global supply chain and that ripple effect on the 787 program,” says Brad Zaback, vice president and general manager of the 787 Program and BSC site leader. “We are working in alignment with state and local government officials and public health officials to take actions that best protect our people.”

BSC teammates who can work remotely will continue to do so. Those who cannot work remotely will receive paid leave for 10 working days of the suspension, which is double the company policy. After 10 days, teammates will have the option to use a combination of available paid time-off benefits or file for emergency state unemployment benefits. All benefits will continue as normal during the suspension of operations, regardless of how teammates choose to record their time. Pay practice details have been made available to all teammates.

During this time of suspension on the 787 program, Boeing will continue to conduct enhanced cleaning activities at the site and monitor the global supply chain as the situation evolves.

When the suspension is lifted, the 787 program will take an orderly approach to restarting production with a focus on safety, quality, integrity and meeting customer commitments.

 

 


 

Albany International temporarily suspends production at certain composites facilities

April 6, 2020

Albany International (Rochester, N.H., U.S.) reports that within its Albany Engineered Composites (AEC) segment, operations have been disrupted at certain facilities. In response to market conditions and in close coordination with its customer, Safran, the company is temporarily suspending production at its Albany Safran Composites facilities, which produce components for the LEAP aircraft engine, in Commercy, France; Rochester, New Hampshire; and Querétaro, Mexico. The lengths of the production suspensions may vary by facility, and the resumption of operations will be undertaken in coordination with Safran and in compliance with all local, state/provincial, and national guidelines or directives.

Additionally, the company has halted operations at one of its two AEC production facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah, after an employee at that facility tested positive for the coronavirus. The facility, which has a staff of about 70, is expected to be closed for up to two weeks as the employees from the facility self-quarantine and as the company conducts a thorough deep cleaning. There has been no impact to operations at the company’s larger Salt Lake City AEC production facility, which supports multiple programs, including the Lockheed Martin F-35, the Boeing 787, and the Sikorsky CH-53K.


 

Owens Corning temporarily curtails operations in some facilities

April 6, 2020

Building and industrial materials supplier Owens Corning (Toledo, Ohio, U.S.) reports that its operations and products have been deemed essential across the U.S. and global locations, as it manufactures products integral to essential areas such as infrastructure, energy, transportation and construction industries. In some countries, certain of its sites have been impacted by government directives.

According to Owens Corning, the pandemic has resulted in a slowing near-term demand environment in several global markets. The company will temporarily curtail operations at facilities with adequate inventory to meet near-term demand.

In addition, the company has implemented several enhanced operating protocols, including robust cleaning procedures, use of personal protective equipment, social distancing, employee health screenings, restrictions on business travel, and work from home requirements at all of its locations consistent with the guidance of the CDC, WHO, and local state and government mandates. In addition, the company has enhanced sick leave and other healthcare benefits for employees to provide additional assistance.


 

TPI Composites Inc. announces temporary reductions and suspensions of production at certain facilities

April 3, 2020

Global composite wind blade manufacturer TPI Composites Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S.) has announced that it is currently operating its Chennai, India, manufacturing facility with a skeleton staff through April 15, 2020 and that it will temporarily operate its Matamoros, Mexico facility at reduced capacity beginning on April 3, 2020 through April 30, 2020. TPI also stated that it will operate its Izmir, Turkey manufacturing facilities at approximately 50% capacity during the first half of April. 

TPI says its decision to temporarily reduce or suspend production at these manufacturing facilities is due primarily to certain applicable government-mandated stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These temporary reductions and suspensions of production may last longer than TPI currently anticipates if the government-mandated stay at home orders are extended. TPI currently is operating its other manufacturing facilities at normal production levels, including its manufacturing facilities in China.

In addition, TPI has implemented a crisis management plan and measures focused on prevention, protection and the support of the public health system, and has eliminated non-essential travel, measures to restrict visitors to business essential personnel only, temperature scanning for individuals entering its manufacturing facilities, and work-from-home arrangements where possible. TPI also is providing on-going education and reinforcement of safe behaviors such as proper hand hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing and social distancing for its associates that continue to work on site.  

Although TPI reports that demand from its customers remains strong, as a result of the uncertainty relating to the magnitude and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, TPI is updating its financial guidance issued on February 27, 2020 for the year ending December 31, 2020 such that TPI now expects that Adjusted EBITDA for the year ending December 31, 2020 will be at the lower end of its previously announced range of $100 million to $125 million. 


 

TE Wire & Cable factory remains open, many employees working from home

April 3, 2020

TE Wire & Cable LLC (Saddle Brook, N.J., U.S.), global manufacturer of autoclave thermocouples, reports that its factory is open, and the health and safety of its employees remain the company’s highest priority. TE Wire & Cable is following the latest directives as prescribed by the CDC as well as the high standards set by its parent company, Marmon Holdings Inc. Strict sanitation measures are in place, along with social separation guidelines within company facilities. It is TE Wire & Cable’s goal to continue to meet its customers’ demands during this time, though the company does anticipate that lead times will change with possible reductions in labor force.

The company has implemented a work-from-home policy for its staff, with a skeleton screw in the office employing social separation. The office and factory are on lockdown, meaning no outside visitors are allowed into the building. There will be no international or domestic travel for the company’s sales team; however, the company says it is fully equipped to communicate with customers via video conference, email or phone. The management team is monitoring the supply chain, and to date, the company says its raw material inventory remains at satisfactory levels. 


Cobra International reports temporary production schedule changes to automotive business unit

April 3, 2020

Cobra International (Chonburi, Thailand) reports a temporary slow-down in customer demand in some areas of its business, such as automotive and watersports, and as a result, the company has implemented the following production schedule as of April 2, 2020:

  • Cobra continues to run its production facilities for 4 days per week.
  • A number of production lines within CAC (Cobra's automotive business unit) will be paused between April 6-30 due to the temporary production suspensions of European automotive OEMs. CAC will keep in close contact with its customers and suppliers during this period and can quickly resume production when demand shifts.
  • Cobra will assess productivity and, if any other business areas show significant demand reduction, may temporarily shut down specific production lines for a period of time.
  • Cobra is working closely with suppliers and logistics providers to minimize disruption wherever possible.

Cobra also reports that health and safety measures for its 2,400 employees have resulted in no recorded cases of COVID-19 at its factories and workspaces.

“... I would like to assure our customers, suppliers and associates that other than the changes to the manufacturing schedule as reported, it is very much business as normal at Cobra. We will also take this time to improve our operations, upskill our team and further develop our products and production technology ...” says Danu Chotikapanich, Cobra CEO.


 

Boeing to temporarily suspend Philadelphia-area operations in response to escalating COVID-19 pandemic

April 2, 2020

 

Boeing (Chicago, Ill., U.S.) is temporarily suspending production operations at its facilities in Ridley Township, Pa., U.S., in light of the company’s continuous assessment of the spread of COVID-19 in the region. This action is intended to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and local communities, and will include an orderly shutdown consistent with requirements of U.S. and global defense customers.

Boeing will suspend operations beginning at the end of day on Friday, April 3. The site includes manufacturing and production facilities for military rotorcraft, including the H-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey and MH-139A Grey Wolf. Defense and commercial services work and engineering design activities are also performed at the site.

The suspension of operations will last two weeks, with return to work on April 20. During the suspension, Boeing will continue to monitor government guidance and actions on COVID-19 and associated impacts on company operations. The company will conduct additional deep cleaning activities at buildings across the site and establish rigorous criteria for return to work.

Philadelphia area employees who can work from home will continue to do so. Those who cannot work remotely will receive paid leave for the 10 working days, which Boeing says is double the normal company policy. 

On March 23, Boeing announced a two-week suspension of Puget Sound operations


 

C.R. Onsrud continues operations, supporting “essential” businesses

April 2, 2020

CNC machinery supplier C.R. Onsrud (Troutman, N.C., U.S.) is currently open and serving its customers. As a supplier to multiple companies which are classified as mission critical business for national security under Presidential Policy Directive 21, C.R. Onsrud is manufacturing new machinery, shipping parts to customers, and available via its support lines in order to keep its customers’ CNC machines in full operation at all times. As a business manufacturing equipment that enables the essential manufacturing of products currently in demand during this COVID-19 crisis, C.R. Onsrud is remaining in operation to support essential businesses that rely on its equipment and services to ramp up production of these items needed; such as hospital beds, aluminum processing equipment, plastics processing, medical equipment, emergency transportation vehicles, aerospace products, defense projects, and the wood products industry. C.R. Onsrud is following in accordance with the CDC and WHO workplace guidelines and has transitioned non-manufacturing support staff that can effectively work from home to remote support.


 

AZCO Corp. products used in manufacture of medical devices

April 2, 2020

AZCO cutting machine for medical device manufacture during coronavirus

Source | AZCO

AZCO Corp. (Fairfield, N.J., U.S.), which designs and manufactures modules and units used to feed, cut and place products, remains in operation during this time. The company says it is part of the supply chain of many machine builders who are considered essential businesses, including manufacturers of medical devices, diagnostics and treatments for the coronavirus. 

AZCO units employed in the production of medical supplies include cut to length units used to produce masks, gowns and medical gauze & tape, a test strip cutter for diagnostic test strips, and a tubing cutter for medical tubing used in hospital applications.


 

Gougeon Brothers Inc. and business units continue operations

April 2, 2020

Gougeon Brothers Inc. (Bay City, Mich., U.S.) and its business units WEST SYSTEM, PRO-SET EPOXY, Entropy Resins and PRO-VAC USA play an essential role in the supply chain for products or services that are necessary for critical infrastructure sector companies to maintain operations. The company says it  will remain operational while following safe workplace practices. Many of the company's team members are now working from home.


 

AAG launches LinkedIn group for fabricators to share ideas and designs for fighting coronavirus

April 2, 2020

When COVID-19 became an international pandemic, AAG (AXYZ Automation Group, Burlington, Ontario, Canada), noticed that many of its customers were eager to help in the fight against the virus by fabricating innovative solutions for PPE and other safety supplies but had no forum to share these ideas, designs and discussions.

As a result, AAG (AXYZ Automation Group), comprised of AXYZ Routers, WARDJet Waterjets, and CNCShop created an online group called Fabricators Fighting COVID-19 on LinkedIn. AAG is also connecting fabricators with members of the community for specific safety requests when possible.

Join the group here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12386421/


 

Robroy Enclosures meets needs of medical suppliers

April 2, 2020

Robroy Enclosures (Belding, Mich., U.S.), manufacturers of Stahlin Enclosures brand of fiberglass enclosures, and Attabox polycarbonate enclosures, has quickly adapted its operations to ensure its ability to meet the needs of suppliers in the healthcare industry.

According to Craig Mitchell, president of Robroy Enclosures, “We have been successfully responding to urgent requests for medical application rush jobs; most recently, critical needs from a wireless infrastructure supplier to healthcare customers, as well as a manufacturer of patient monitoring systems.”

Mitchell notes that although Robroy Enclosures has enacted safety protocols to protect the health of its own workers, the company's ability to produce its own bulk material formulations and to mold and customize its enclosures within one, fully-integrated facility, provides the flexibility to help address the product needs of suppliers within the healthcare community.

Robroy Enclosures offers the most extensive selection of non-metallic enclosures available for meeting the needs of diverse industries, interior and exterior applications, appealing aesthetics, and physical property performance standards including NEMA 4X and NEMA 6P integrity.


 

Henkel donates around 50,000 liters of disinfectant

April 2, 2020

Henkel donates supplies to fight coronavirus pandemic

Source | Henkel

As part of its global solidarity program in the fight against the coronavirus, Henkel (Düsseldorf, Germany) has announced that it will provide production capacities at short notice in order to produce disinfectants. Within one week, the company converted a production facility at its Düsseldorf site and produced the first 25,000 liters of hand disinfectants. Henkel will donate them to surrounding hospitals and public institutions. Next week, the company will continue the production and will produce the same amount of disinfectant.

With this week’s production alone, Henkel expects to be able to cover the needs of the major Düsseldorf hospitals and public institutions for the coming weeks. Henkel also took into account the demand from the vicinities of the 15 German sites. Delivery and distribution will be organized in close coordination with the local health authorities.

Henkel's solidarity program also includes a donation of €2 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund launched by the WHO and the United Nations Foundation as well as to other organizations, and a donation of 5 million units of personal and household hygiene products.


 

Anisoprint provides free 3D-printed tools, jigs, fixtures to manufacturers

April 2, 2020

continuous fiber 3D printing to help coronavirus pandemic

Source | Anisoprint

As some suppliers remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Anisoprint (Moscow, Russia), manufacturer of 3D printers that print composites with continuous fibers, is providing 3D-printed composites parts such as jigs, fixtures and tools free of charge to manufacturing companies that continue to operate but have faced supply chain disruptions.

“Our technology can help replace traditional tools, jigs and fixtures with the 3D-printed composite ones. We have significant experience in producing composite parts for manufacturing companies and we definitely would be happy to support [manufacturers] now, during this crisis," says Fedor Antonov, CEO of Anisoprint.


 

LIFT, IACMI donate PPE equipment to Detroit health clinic

April 1, 2020

LIFT and IACMI composites manufacturing institutes donate supplies to fight coronavirus pandemic

Source | LIFT

LIFT (Detroit, Mich., U.S.) and IACMI – The Composites Institute (Knoxville, Tenn., U.S.) have donated supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) to nearby the Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center in Detroit in support of the fight against coronavirus.

Together, the institutes donated 600 safety glasses, 1,400 nitrile gloves and 60 Tyvek lab coats.

“This material will go a long way in keeping our staff safe as we fight this virus here in Southwest Detroit,” says Felix Valbuena, MD, CEO of Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center. “We appreciate both LIFT and IACMI and everything they and their networks are doing to keep our community safe and healthy.”


 

Solvay partners with Boeing for COVID-19 face shields

April 1, 2020

Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) is supplying high-performance, medical-grade transparent film to Boeing for its production of face shields. Boeing approached Solvay due to its experience in the use of advanced composite and adhesive materials on multiple commercial and defense programs.

Manufactured by Solvay's Ajedium Films business, the thermoplastic film will be used by Boeing in the production of thousands of face shields critically needed by hospitals and medical workers in the U.S. to protect them from COVID-19. The film will be manufactured using Solvay’s medical-grade Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) or Udel polysulfone (PSU), two transparent specialty polymers widely used for medical devices because of their ability to be sterilized and withstand aggressive disinfectants.

“We are honored to bring our product expertise to our customers in this time of crisis,” explains Jeff Hrivnak, healthcare global business development manager for Solvay Specialty Polymers. “Boeing is rising to the occasion by providing more durable, face shields now in critical demand for our heroic healthcare workers, and we are proud to help make that possible.”

Further product and contact information are available on Solvay’s dedicated page on COVID-19 emergency production.


 

ATLAS Composite Technologies Ltd. remains open, providing face mask components to NHS

April 1, 2020

ATLAS Composite Technologies Ltd. (Ilkeston, U.K.) reports that it continues to remain open while following the latest government guidance on safe working practices and supporting as many employees as possible in working from home.

The company says that as a supplier for the motorsport, aerospace, defense and automotive industries, it has experienced a downturn in several of its business streams while defense and aerospace continue to demand deliveries, particularly in the defense market.

ATLAS says it is continuing to support its clients and to look into other programs where manufacturing support may be required. In addition, the company is working to support the National Health Service (NHS) through provision of components for face masks.


 

Altair offers extended licenses, free training to help companies work remotely

April 1, 2020

In response to the crisis and the increasing demand for remote operations, engineering software company Altair (Troy, Mich., U.S.) say it is enabling its customers to move existing licenses from on-premise servers to hosted servers utilizing Altair Hosted HyperWorks Units (HHWUs) with no additional fees or charges.

With these capabilities, customers are able to:

  • Work from anywhere without overloading corporate VPN servers or drilling a hole into the firewall for license access.
  • Secure data with prevailing security policies on the device of choice as the software is only requesting a license on a secure network channel.
  • Reduce IT overhead of maintaining on-premises license servers (reduced cost of hardware) and supporting them.
  • Improve ease of access and execution of Altair software from anywhere/everywhere and on public cloud infrastructure.

Additionally, customers have free access to an increased number of online trainings, eLearning courses, and eBooks through Altair.


 

Structural Composites and Compsys Inc. (Prisma Preforms) to remain open supporting defense critical infrastructure

March 31, 2020

TCC (Structural Composites/Compsys) has implemented safe working practices to allow continued operation during the coronavirus outbreak. The company says its operations are part of the Defense Critical Infrastructure and Critical Infrastructure supply chain. 

While the company is giving priority to Department of Defense/coronavirus mitigation efforts, it says it is  open to all commercial business including new customers, as well. Its standard services include Prisma Preforms, prototype and part fabrication, fabric kit cutting, waterjet cutting, engineering/design, FEA analysis and lab testing. 


 

ACMA to host webinar series on COVID-19

March 31, 2020

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA; Arlington, Va., U.S.) is hosting a webinar at 2 p.m. ET on April 2, 2020, entitled “A Closer Look at Federal Legislation and Stimulus,” as part of its ongoing COVID-19 webinar series. The webinar is free to attend for ACMA members. Register here.


 

ROSS remains fully operational

ROSS (Hauppauge, N.Y., U.S.), manufacturer of industrial mixers and dispersion equipment, says its U.S. companies remain fully operational and are prepared to support its customers’ process equipment needs. ROSS says its operations support “critical infrastructure" and “essential business” industries such as 
food, pharmaceutical, health, chemical and the U.S. Defense Department.

Among its precautionary health measures, the company has implemented new teleworking strategies with increased remote working capabilities for employees, as well as adjustments to in-office personnel workforce.


 

face mask to combat coronavirus pandemic

Source | GRP Solutions

GRP Solutions launches campaign to donate face masks to U.K. hospitals

March 31, 2020

In a U.K.-centered effort, composites distributor GRP Solutions (Havant, U.K.) along with its partner companies, GRP Consumable Solutions and Total Composite Solutions, have begun a campaign to encourage companies to donate PPE equipment, such as face masks, to local hospitals, GP surgeries and emergency services.

The company has released the video below to support the campaign and is supported by NatWest, INEOS, Composites UK, the National Composites Centre, the Advanced Engineering Show 2020, Med Supply Drive UK and Quantum Mouldings alongside local representation from the Isle of Wight Distribution and Millstream Productions, which produced the video.


 

Janicki Industries confirms ‘essential business’ status

March 30, 2020

Composites fabricator Janicki Industries (Sedro-Woolley, Wash., U.S.) reports that is considered an “essential” business because it does work for customers throughout the United States and that it plans to continue operations during the coronavirus pandemic. “We recognize the stressful state that we are all going through in this unprecedented situation,” says Steven Lynn, director marketing at Janicki. “Employees are implementing all the suggested protocols the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has offered to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.” For example, employees social-distancing and using teleconferencing instead of face-to-face meetings. Janicki also is distributing cleaning kits and sanitizing surfaces that people contact. Employees who feel sick or unsafe can take paid or unpaid leave. “Health and safety for both our employees and people in our community remain top priority," Lynn says. “We monitor the situation closely to make changes as needed. Janicki Industries is very fortunate to have work lined up so we will not be affected much by the large drop-off in the economy.”

 


 

Embraer announces temporarily workforce changes at Brazil plant

March 30, 2020

Embraer (São José dos Campos, Brazil) says on March 30 that it will resume critical operations in order to meet the needs of customers, public services and the global population.

During a temporary shutdown of its Brazil plant, the company has identified essential roles within its management team to continue operations, including customer support, aircraft maintenance and manufacturing positions. Embraer has also established a new working group to increase the availability of equipment and solutions, including manufacturing parts for the respirator industry, to combat COVID-19.

Employees responsible for critical functions and that can work remotely will work from home. Employees responsible for non-critical functions will be on collective vacation from April 1-9, 2020. These employees are scheduled to return to work on April 13, 2020.

During the temporary shutdown of company units in Brazil, Embraer completed several projects, including adapting the workstations and common areas, intensifying cleaning procedures, adapting cafeterias and work areas to ensure social distancing and reinforcing communications tools with precautions and preventative actions. The measures adopted are in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and seek to ensure that employees perform their roles with guidance from the company's health and safety teams.


 

ExOne continues U.S. manufacturing operations 

March 30, 2020

Manufacturer of industrial 3D printers and services ExOne (North Huntingdon, Pa., U.S.) continues to remain open and is continuing operations with appropriate precautions in place. The company says it is part of the supply chain for supplies to the U.S. defense industrial base, including the Department of Defense, the Armed Services, NASA and the International Space Station and more.

In addition, ExOne says it:

  • is continuing to provide binder, activator, cleaner, media, and spare parts to customers. 
  • is working to fill emergency demand for metal and ceramic parts, as well as sand molds and cores. Its turnaround for most sand orders is 3-5 days.
  • can provide injection molding tooling as well as innovative, rapid tooling solutions for composite part production.

 

Shape Machining temporarily closes U.K. operations

March 27, 2020

Composites machining company Shape Machining Ltd. (Witney, U.K.) has announced that due to a downturn business and the safety of its staff, its operations are temporarily shut down effective March 30 until further notice.

The company says it will continue to deliver pre-agreed orders up until April 3 and will ensure a skeleton crew is available regarding any urgent questions.


 

Toray Advanced Composites makes adjustments to production in accordance with local government orders

March 27, 2020

Toray Advanced Composites (Morgan Hill, Calif., U.S.) has announced that its California-based facilities have made adjustments to operations, manufacturing only essential government infrastructure orders and reducing supporting staff to the bare minimum. New measures for cleaning and the use of PPE during shifts have been implemented throughout the facilities to respect social distancing instructions. The company’s U.K. and Netherlands facilities are operating under normal production schedules, although new measures to ensure employee safety have been made throughout the plant and on-site staff levels have been reduced to those essential for safe operating. The company says it will continue to keep its partners and customers updated when the status of any of its facilities changes.


 

Simutence moves to remote-only operations

March 27, 2020

Simulation company Simutence (Karlsruhe, Germany), a spin-off company of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), has announced that all of its operations are being conducted remotely from home offices. The company says it plans to use this time for further development of its process and structural simulation approaches for fiber-reinforced composites and hybrids, and that its availability to customers remains unchanged.


 

Montalvo Corp.'s web tension control services support ramped-up production

March 26, 2020

As manufacturers are rapidly changing their manufacturing processes to meet market needs in these challenging times, web tension control specialist Montalvo Corp. (Gorham, Maine, U.S.) is supporting these changing circumstances with its knowledge and expertise. For more than 73 years, Montalvo has been demonstrating its web and tow tension control expertise across various industries, including composites, medical and nonwovens. The company sizes applications, determining optimal tension values for a wide range of processes based on both the materials and the machines unique characteristics. Customers have expanded their use of Montalvo’s in-house testing capabilities. Montalvo sends this testing data back to manufacturers so they can ensure their machines are running with optimal parameters for increased productivity and efficiency.

The company reports that it is ready to help manufacturers with testing capabilities and libraries of material specification data to support ramped-up production during this time.


 

Scott Bader launches new thickener for alcohol-based hand cleansers to help global effort

March 26, 2020

hand sanitizer Scott Bader

Scott Bader (Northamptonshire, U.K.), which manufactures resins for composites fabrication, has, within 10 days, developed and brought to market a new thickener for alcohol-based hand cleansers. With Texicryl 13-321, manufacturers will be able to produce more hand cleansers to fight against the global spread of infections and viruses including COVID-19.

“In less than a month, we have taken a concept from lab to full scale production. We are pleased that we have been able to use our expertise to develop a product that is in short supply and will have a significant impact on the provision of hand cleansers,” says Mark Stanion, group product manager

More information on Texicryl 13-321 can be found at www.scottbader.com.


 

Utility Composites Inc. continues normal operations

March 25, 2020

Utility Composites Inc. (Hutto, Texas, U.S.) plans to continue normal manufacturing operations to provide materials to essential businesses in multiple sectors. In doing so, Utility Composites Inc. will continue to take the appropriate precautions to operate in a responsible manner, and ensure the safety of employees, customers and business partners.


 

Hawkeye Industries operates under normal production schedule

March 25, 2020

Hawkeye Industries (Bloomington, Calif., U.S.) is operating under normal production schedule with inventory levels to support industry needs. In compliance with CDC recommendations, all employees who are capable of working from home are currently doing so. 


 

Plasmatreat North America remains open, and is developming new plasma applications to address disinfectant shortage

March 25, 2020

Plasmatreat North America (Elgin, Ill., U.S.) reports that it is open for business and ready to support customers the best and safest way possible. The company’s labs and contract services remain open with a limited staff to safely support infrastructure critical sectors. Plasmatreat has made significant inventory investments (equipment and spare parts) to support customers during a time of supply chain concerns. Most of its teams are now working remotely and are available via phone, text, email or video conference. Plasmatreat’s parent company in Germany remains fully operational.
 
The company is also working on two new plasma applications addressing the growing concerns about a shortage of disinfecting agents and personal protective gear (PPE): new Openair-Plasma systems are being built to disinfect and sterilize PPE such as face masks and garments for safe reuse, as well as plasma activating water being produced to treat surfaces.


 

Composite Integration continues to work through COVID-19 pandemic

March 25, 2020

Composite Integration (Saltash, U.K.) reports that is continuing to stay open, in line with government guidance. The company says it has taken strict health and safety measures to protect employees, families, customers and suppliers. The company also has several staff working remotely from home, reducing the contact levels internally, and is working with a skeleton crew at the main facility to fulfill customers’ requirements.


 

Harper International continues essential operations

March 25, 2020

Harper International (Buffalo, N.Y., U.S.) has issued a statement to customers that as much of its highly engineered products currently in production are for deployment in the chemical, defense and energy manufacturing segments, its manufacturing operations have been deemed "essential" under the state of New York's executive order. Accordingly, Harper presently intends to continue operations in compliance with the order, while taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of its employees, vendors and customers.


 

Revchem Composites operating “business as usual”

March 25, 2020

Revchem Composites (Bloomington, Calif., U.S.) is open for business as normal and continues to provide materials and services to essential businesses in multiple critical sectors. The company says it will continue to do everything it can to support its customers and provide the necessary materials they need. 


 

Aligned Vision supports customers from home offices

March 25, 2020

Per state mandates, the Aligned Vision (Waltham, Mass., U.S.) staff is currently working from home, but says it is still available to support its customers. Customers can call the main phone line (978-244-1166) for redirection to the correct person on the technical support team, and various specific teams can be contacted through ongoing email support:


 

INEOS to build hand sanitizer plant to make 1 million bottles per month

March 24, 2020

INEOS hand sanitizer for coronavirus pandemic

Source | INEOS

INEOS (London,  U.K.), which supplies unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins and gelcoats to the composites industry, has announced plans to produce 1 million bottles of hand sanitizer per month to help with the European shortage. These will be produced according to World Health Organization (WHO) specifications and be specifically designed to kill bacteria and viruses.

INEOS is the leading European producer of the two key raw materials needed for sanitizers – isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and ethanol. The company is already running these plants flat out and have been diverting more of this product to essential medical use and will now build two new factories to make hand sanitizer from them.

INEOS intends to produce both standard and “pocket bottle” hand sanitizers and is already talking to retail outlets across Europe. Supplies to hospitals will be free of charge for the period of the crisis and the public will be able to purchase bottles through retailers.


 

Magnum Venus Products issues statement to customers

March 24, 2020

Magnum Venus Products (MVP, Knoxville, Tenn., U.S.) has issued the following statement to its customers regarding the coronavirus:

As the global business community continues to feel the ripple effects of COVID-19 throughout the world’s industries, we want ­to pause to thank our customers and partners and extend our support in every way. Throughout this chaotic time, we’re committed to continuing to serve our communities to the best of our ability, and we’re being proactive in addressing any anticipated challenges regarding our supply chain and other aspects of our operations.

As is always the case, our highest priority remains the health and safety of the MVP Family, which includes not only our own employees and families, but the customers, distributors, suppliers and providers that play integral roles in everything we do. While we are taking the necessary steps to help our staff take care of themselves and their families, we are still operating at full capacity and standing by to provide the support you need.

While many state and local governments have recently issued their own “stay-at-home” orders, our company is considered essential because the products we manufacturer are utilized by customers in many business sectors, including food supply, transportation, energy and defense, which are integral to sustaining infrastructure. Our customers rely on the products and services we provide as an important part of their critical supply chain, and we are fully committed to remaining open and continuing operations to support our communities.


 

IACMI issues statement on the coronavirus

March 24, 2020

In accordance with CDC recommendations and Knox County guidelines, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (Knoxville, Tenn., U.S.) reports that its headquarters staff is working from home until Tuesday, April 7, 2020. 

The organization issued the below statement to the manufacturing industry:

The demands of the number of COVID-19 cases are already creating a strain on the resources needed to adequately meet healthcare provider needs, and the strain may continue as the virus spreads. Therefore, it is critical that the U.S. manufacturing community utilize its resources and capabilities to create solutions to this healthcare resource crisis.

Please consider what your organization’s role can be in creating solutions to meet collective challenges, such as the following:

  • Existing and anticipated shortages of medical supplies and equipment
  • Product and service availability, as well as knowledge outside of conventional purchasing chains
  • Methods for broadly sharing solutions to the above

The IACMI community is working on these important problems. For example, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and industry partners are working to create near-term, large-scale manufacturing paths for masks, face shields, and other safety equipment by utilizing additive manufacturing to accelerate design validation and tool production.

Additionally, Manufacturing USA institutes are pooling resources to offer new ideas to create additional innovations. Institute responses include the following:

  • LIFT and REMADE's support of ventilator design and production. 
  • AmericaMakes is creating a repository of capabilities and resources to support the healthcare system.

As healthcare needs increase, the U.S. manufacturing community is challenged to consider innovative ways to meet the demand for ventilators, N95 respirators, masks, and protective eye wear. Please consider how your organization can take a role in addressing the emerging challenges presented by COVID-19.


 

R-TECH Materials announces temporary U.K. facility closure

March 24, 2020

R-TECH Materials (Port Talbot, U.K.) has announced that in accordance with instruction the U.K. government, it has decided to close its laboratory for the three-week instructed period, but is still taking inquiries with key staff working from home until further notice.


 

AWEA and partners send letter to U.S. Congress on behalf of U.S. wind industry

March 24, 2020

According to the American Wind Energy Association (Washington, D.C., U.S.), in a letter delivered on March 24 to U.S. House and Senate leadership, the clean energy sector is calling for the prompt repair and extension of critically important tax incentives to help renewable and clean grid industries surmount the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

wind turbines

In their joint letter, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), AWEA, Energy Storage Association (ESA), National Hydropower Association (NHA), Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) write that the growth of the clean energy sector is placed at risk by a range of COVID-19 related impacts. These impacts include “supply chain disruptions that have the potential to delay construction timetables and undermine the ability of wind, solar and hydropower developers to qualify for time-sensitive tax credits, and a sudden reduction in the availability of tax equity, which is crucial to monetizing tax credits and financing clean energy projects of all types.”

The coalition of organizations is requesting the following to address pandemic-related disruptions:

  • An extension of start construction and safe harbor deadlines to ensure that renewable projects can qualify for renewable tax credits despite delays associated with supply chain disruptions;
  • Provisions allowing renewable tax credits to be available for direct pay to facilitate their monetization in the face of reduced availability of tax equity; and
  • Enactment of a direct pay tax credit for stand-alone energy storage to foster renewable growth and help secure a more resilient grid.

Click here to download a copy of the coalition letter.


 

Airbus announces measures to bolster liquidity and balance sheet

March 24, 2020

Airbus SE (Amsterdam, Netherlands) announces measures to bolster its liquidity and balance sheet in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to assess the ongoing situation and the impact on its business, customers, suppliers and the industry as a whole.

Airbus’ management has received approval from the Board of Directors to: secure a new credit facility amounting to €15 billion in addition to the existing €3 billion revolving credit facility; withdraw the 2019 dividend proposal of €1.80 per share with an overall cash value of approximately €1.4 billion; and suspend the voluntary top up in pension funding. Given the limited visibility due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the 2020 guidance is withdrawn. Operational scenarios, including measures to minimize cash requirements, have been identified and will be activated depending on the further development of the pandemic.

With these decisions, the company has significant liquidity available to cope with additional cash requirements related to the coronavirus. Liquidity resources previously standing at approximately €20 billion, comprising around €12 billion in financial assets at hand and around €8 billion in undrawn credit lines, were further bolstered by converting an existing €5 billion credit line into a new facility amounting to €15 billion. Available liquidity now amounts to approximately €30 billion.

By maintaining production, managing its resilient backlog, supporting its customers and securing financial flexibility for its operations, Airbus intends to secure business continuity for itself even in a protracted crisis. Safe and efficient air travel is a key backbone of global economic development and cultural exchange. Airbus therefore highly welcomes governmental efforts around the globe to stabilize this industry by supporting the financial health of its airline customers and its suppliers. Airbus continues to monitor the overall health of the industry.

Airbus will convene its 2020 Annual General Meeting in Amsterdam on April 16. Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, Airbus discourages physical attendance and strongly encourages shareholders to vote by proxy in line with public health and safety measures.


 

Bindatex announces company coronavirus policy

March 24, 2020

In response to the coronavirus, Bindatex (Bolton, U.K.) has changed its systems and processes in order to keep its employees safe and to minimize the impact on business partners. As of March 24, the company says it is manufacturing at full speed, meeting the needs of its customers and is prepared to respond as necessary to keep functioning as fully as possible.

The company also says it has implemented the government’s recommendations as well as its own measures, such as ensuring its staff receive full wages regardless of whether they choose to self-isolate or to come into work. Other measures include denying visitors, such as delivery drivers, access to the factory; replacing all cutlery and cups with paper or plastic versions; and promoting the thorough washing of hands throughout the day. The company has also decided to postpone any non-essential travel or meetings.


 

Henkel launches comprehensive global solidarity program to support employees, customers and affected communities

March 24, 2020

Henkel (Düsseldorf, Germany) has announced a comprehensive global solidarity program to support employees, customers and communities facing the global COVID-19 pandemic. The program consists of:

  1. Donation to WHO/UN Foundation fund and other organizations: An amount of €2 million will be donated to different funds and organizations to help fight the pandemic. The Fritz Henkel Foundation will donate €1 million directly to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) Foundation. This donation will help to provide protective equipment for frontline health workers, equip diagnostic laboratories, improve data collection and analysis, establish and maintain intensive care units as well as to accelerate research and development of potential vaccines and therapeutics. In addition, €1 million will be distributed by the Fritz Henkel Foundation globally to different organizations and partners as well as to support the personal commitment and voluntary engagement of employees fighting the crisis.
  2. Henkel hand washing

    Source | Henkel

    Donation of personal and household hygiene products: Henkel will also donate 5 million units of personal and household hygiene products globally. This includes hand sanitizers, soaps and protective equipment as well as detergents, disinfectants and other household cleaning products. Henkel’s corporate citizenship team will implement these donations in close coordination with charity organizations, local authorities and partners around the world.
  3. Shifting production facilities to produce disinfectants: In addition, Henkel plans to produce disinfectants in selected production sites. The products are intended to help public institutions and professional groups in the fight against the coronavirus.
  4. Improved payment terms for selected business partners: Henkel will also consider improved payment terms for small and mid-sized hairdressers to support them during the current challenging situation.
  5. Ongoing crisis management and safety measures for employees: Since the onset of the crisis, Henkel has addressed the situation proactively through its crisis management teams on country, regional and global level. The primary objective of the crisis management is to do everything possible to ensure the safety of employees, customers and business partners and to maintain operations under these challenging circumstances.

 

A&P Technology continues production during Ohio “Stay at Home” order

March 24, 2020

A&P Technology (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.) reports that based on its customers’ needs for braided materials to support critical industries, it will continue production through Ohio’s two week “Stay at Home” order under the ‘essential business’ provision. “As we move forward with production, A&P employees continue to practice precautionary measures necessary for the containment of COVID-19,” the company says.

“Obviously, our production activity is limited. Some of our people are unable to work due to underlying medical conditions (either personal or family member’s) which make contraction of COVID-19 a high risk situation. Also, in order to reduce the path for infection for all of our employees, as well as to avoid an infection that would prompt a full scale shutdown, we are limiting the number of technicians present to maintain effective social distancing.”

The company says it is making every effort to meet all delivery schedules and release orders on time. Its sales team will stay in close contact with customers to provide updates on orders, and notify if delivery dates need to be modified. 


 

Composite Resources manufactures face masks to meet hospital demands

March 23, 2020

Carbon fiber composite components manufacturer Composite Resources and its sister company CAT Resources (Rock Hill, S.C., U.S.) is shifting its resources to manufacture face masks and other medical supplies to meet healthcare shortages related to the coronavirus crisis.

See a video here.


 

Polymer Technologies Inc. announces business continuity plan

March 23, 2020

Leaders from Polymer Technologies Inc. (Newark, Del., U.S.) have reported that the company is categorized as an “Essential to Critical Infrastructure Manufacturer” based on its manufacture of products critical to sustaining infrastructure that supports the life of those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In the event of a mandatory shutdown of all businesses except those deemed essential, Polymer Technologies Inc. says it will remain open to continue producing critical parts to customers.

The below actions have been taken to ensure the company’s business continuity:

  • Company COVID-19 guidelines have been executed throughout all divisions and will be updated as required to ensure accordance with best practices.
  • All suppliers have been formally notified of their responsibility to continue to supply Polymer Technologies Inc. per U.S Department of Homeland Security and where necessary business continuity plans have been requested.
  • Polymer Technologies Inc. is currently in contact with local and state legislatures to ensure they understand the company’s position as an Essential to Critical Infrastructure Manufacturer.
  • If and where shelter in place orders are mandated, all company employees have received “Essential to Critical Infrastructure Worker” Identification Cards.
  • Gaps analysis and cross training are being executed to further ensure workforce continuity.

 

Cetim Grand Est offers supplies to nearby hospital

March 23, 2020

Cetim Grand Est (Strasbourg, France) responds to the emergency call from the Grand Est Region regarding the shortage of medical equipment in its hospitals.

On Friday, March 20, the company sent about 120 FFP3 masks, 600 protective gloves, 150 full disposable coveralls, overshoes and other supplies to a local hospital in the region.

“It is a small solidarity contribution to support carers in the front line of this health crisis, and to help them to continue to take care of us while taking care of them,” says Cetim.


 

CRP Technology makes its 3D printing technology available to biomedical companies and hospitals

March 20, 2020

3D printing specialist CRP Technology (Modena, Italy) wants to actively contribute to the coronavirus emergency, and is making its know-how and expertise available to the biomedical sector, doctors and hospitals.

“The CRP Technology’s Rapid Prototyping Department is equipped to also manufacture small, complex end-use 3D printed components for small batch production, in a very short time,” says Franco Cevolini, materials engineer, CTP and VP CRP Technology, who adds: “We are available to rebuild small parts for machines and medical equipment that can save people's lives in this period of crisis.”


 

Arkema sets up emergency manufacture of alcohol-based solution for hospitals

March 20, 2020

Arkema coronavirus response

Source | Arkema

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic and the health situation, global chemicals and resins supplier Arkema (Colombes, France) reported on March 20 that it is repurposing one of its production lines in order to manufacture 20 tons of alcohol-based solution per week to be distributed free of charge to hospitals in France.

The company will be using a pilot line at its Rhône Alpes Research Center (CRRA), near Lyon, France, which will be dedicated to the manufacture of an alcohol-based solution for hospital use.

The solution will be supplied to the French health authorities, for mass restocking of public hospitals.

Accordingly, Arkema reports that it has been granted all necessary administrative authorizations. 


 

Aligned Vision takes actions to ensure well-being of team and reach out to customers

March 18, 2020

Aligned Vision (Chelmsford, Mass., U.S.) says it is taking actions to help ensure the well-being of its team, customers, partners and neighboring community. 

These measures include:

  • Minimizing any potential for the company work environment to become a conduit of the virus. “We in the composites industry are fortunate
    that much of our work already demands practices that also help prevent the spread of disease: clean rooms and protective gowns, gloves and caps, for example. We remain vigilant not only in adhering to these practices but also in following guidance provided by local and federal health agencies,” the company says.
  • Maximizing the team’s availability to customers while minimizing risks to health and safety, which includes social distancing practices, supplemental cleaning and other recommended practices. Anyone who can work from home is doing so.
  • Reaching out to customers directly, to hear how customers are faring and addressing any questions or needs.

For more information, customers can reach out to learnmore@aligned-vision.com.


 

Coastal Enterprises maintaining “business as usual”

March 18, 2020

In response to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19, tooling board supplier Coastal Enterprises (Orange, Calif., U.S.) has put measures into place to ensure employees are following guidelines from both the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus

As of March 18, Coastal Enterprises plans to continue operating on a “Business as Usual” basis. The company says it is not experiencing any material shortages, production delays or shipping slow downs, nor does it
expect to. Typical shipping times will remain from receipt of P.O. to shipment, even large orders, at 3-4 days.

For questions or concerns, email hdu@precisionboard.com or call 800-845-0745.


 

SAERTEX takes measures to ensure health of company, customers

March 18, 2020

SAERTEX (Saerbeck, Germany) said on March 18 that the health of everybody inside and outside SAERTEX has highest priority for the company.

“We have taken dedicated measures to protect people on the one hand and ensure the delivery situation for our customers on the other hand,” the company says. “As SAERTEX maintains a global and robust supply chain with mostly regional sourcing of raw materials for our 15 production facilities on five continents, we are currently able to supply our customers worldwide with the usual quantity and quality of our reinforcement materials.”

The company has put a task force is in place that has implemented additional measures to protect people and processes, to anticipate upcoming challenges and to be able to quickly adapt to the dynamic situation.

After the school closings in some countries, the company has organized solutions and and recognizes a very strong commitment in its teams. The company says productivity and customer service are still almost unaffected.

The reduced traffic of goods between countries due to closed boarders might have mid-term effects on the company’s lead times, and SAERTEX plans to  take additional measures to stock crucial materials where possible.

The traveling activities of SAERTEX’s sales team are completely stopped from now on. To still keep customer service on a high level, our SAERTEX team will get in contact with customers via communication tools like video  conferencing.

“We are in constant contact with our plants and suppliers to ensure our supply chain. Should there occur any supply bottlenecks, we will try to keep them to a minimum by taking appropriate measures and will inform you at short notice,” the company says.

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