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March 24, 2020updated 25 Oct 2021 11:03am

How are packaging companies responding to Covid-19?

Packaging Gateway looks at how five packaging companies are responding to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

By Jessica Paige

The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has been affecting the packaging industry and left many businesses having to make big decisions on how to progress. Packaging Gateway looks at how five packaging companies are responding.

Amcor

Global packaging specialist Amcor today announced it’s intentions to support people through the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

The company says that plants are continuing to operate and that precautions are being taken to protect colleagues, customers, and business partners.

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Mondi

International packaging and paper group Mondi last Friday issued a statement addressing how the company is addressing the challenge to ensure the health and safety of employees and their families.

The company said that it recognises the importance of business continuity and serving customers. It said that it is in a “strong position” to face challenges caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, though the situation is changing daily. Mondi is communicating regularly with all those involved in the business.

Syntegon

German supplier Syntegon, formally known as Bosch Packaging Technology, today published an open letter to business partners regarding Covid-19 measures.

Syntegon chief executive officer Dr Michael Grosse said: “We are seeing healthcare facilities pushed to their limits, empty supermarket shelves that reflect people’s deep-seated insecurity, and ever more restrictions on public life. The novel coronavirus continues to spread rapidly and the effects of the outbreak on everyday life are now real.

“Syntegon Technology has been very carefully monitoring the spread of the coronavirus for many weeks now, just as you surely have. To this end, we set up a dedicated task force early on; it also includes members of our Executive Board.

“We are continually taking the necessary precautionary measures. In this regard, our top priority is to safeguard the health of our own associates and our business partners.”

Grosse also said that Syntegon is working without interruption on projects and are currently able to meet all orders. There are, however, delays and higher freight costs due to international border restrictions.

Tetra Pak

Global food packaging and processing sub-company of Tetra Laval, Tera Pak, last week responded to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak through a letter published by the company’s CEO Adolfo Orive.

Orive said: “At Tetra Pak, we are taking extraordinary measures to ensure we deliver on our promise to protect what’s good.”

Orive said that this would be done through prioritising the protection of people and food.

He added: “We will continue to work with our customers, suppliers, governments, and local authorities to achieve these two goals. This includes precautionary measures at our own sites and in our operations with customers. It also includes working with local authorities worldwide, to make sure that the global population has uninterrupted access to safe and nutritious food.”

UPM

Finland-based paper mill company UPM has said that it has taken precautions to protect all personnel from Covid-19 while working at UPM locations. These precautions include the prohibition of ill employees at the workplace and social distancing policies.

The company also reported that it still plans for its annual general meeting (AGM) to go ahead and posted health and safety guidelines on its twitter.

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