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Sanitation is top priority as firms bid to normalize production work

STRICT sanitation measures have been put in place to ensure normal operation of production as more people look set to resume work today.

Consumer goods and pharma firms have put together strict measures for their production sites and employees.

L’Oreal said its plant in the Suzhou Industrial Park as well as research facilities in Shanghai’s Zhangjiang High-tech Park have resumed operation last week while the Yichang plant in Hubei Province has yet to reopen due to local government regulations.

At its Suzhou plant, online training and tests were mandatory before staff return to work and posters have also been put up inside the facility.

Boehringer Ingelheim said it is keeping a daily record of factory sanitation work and ensures sufficient supply of protective gear.

The German company’s animal health production facility in Nanchang in Jiangxi Province as well as contract manufacturing unit in Zhangjiang resumed operation last week while office staff are working from home.

It has also offered an online transportation permit system for trucks in the Yangtze River Delta region following orders from the Shanghai Transportation Commission to ensure logistics within the delta region run smoothly.

Most chemical firms in the city, such as Covestro, Solvay, and BASF, have resumed work. But, excluding production staff, a majority of office employees still work from home.

Covestro’s integrated production site in Shanghai, which had been operating under a holiday mode during the Spring Festival, switched to a light business mode with reduced capacity on February 10. Materials being produced at the site include polycarbonate, which can be used to produce anti-epidemic supplies such as goggles and thermometers.

The city government has set up guidelines on resumption of production, covering necessary protection conditions and application requirements, according to the Shanghai Commission of Economy and Informatization.

Although the nationwide fight against the novel coronavirus is far from over, enterprises have signed deals on 12 new industrial projects for this year with the Lingang authority in the special area of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, with a total investment of more than 20 billion yuan (US$2.9 billion).

The projects include production of battery management system for new energy vehicles and third-generation semiconductors as well as 5G technology applications.

According to the Lingang authority, construction of buildings for these projects will kick off within the year.

More than 600 firms in Lingang have resumed business. By the end of last week, over 30,000 people had returned to work, with precautionary measures ensuring safety.

At Tesla’s factory work resumed on February 10. More than 1,000 workers wear face masks and have their temperature checked as they arrive for work. Three kilometers away, one of the US automaker’s parts suppliers resumed production on the same day.


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