Due to the spread of Covid-19 virus the current market situation is unprecedented. Related government guidance and instructions are subject even to rapid changes. We are therefore writing to you as our valued customer to provide you with an update on our operations.
As a provider of healthcare, food and bakery packaging we have been identified as a critical supplier. We are pleased to note that at this time there is no reduction in our ability to supply our customers.
In cooperation with suppliers and staff we are proactively working across our sites to manage an increased demand from many of our customers. Our Business Continuity Plan has been activated and we are confident that we can successfully mitigate the impact that this exceptional situation may have on our service levels.
Employee health and safety – Our number one priority continues to be the health and safety of our colleagues, partners and their families. We have implemented social distancing, introduced travel restrictions, enhanced our on-site hygiene policies and limited visits to our sites.
To protect employees that are critical for production and warehouse operations, we are limiting their exposure to and interaction with other Amerplast personnel through a remote work policy. Any and all Amerplast employees who can work remotely are now doing so, including myself. The majority of our Customer Care teams are also working remotely until further notice. While we don’t anticipate this leading to any major complications, we ask for your patience and support if any communication issues arise during this period.
Business continuity – We are currently carrying higher levels of raw materials and finished goods to mitigate any potential supply chain disruptions that may occur in the coming months. Amerplast operates multi-site facilities with sufficient capacity for both printing and converting. With facilities in Finland and Poland, our continuity plan allows us to shift business between these facilities in the unlikely event of an outbreak in a single facility. There is currently supply pressure on printing inks and solvents due to the high demand for disinfectants and hygiene products such as hand gels. We are monitoring the situation closely, to stay on top of any potential shortages.
Transportation – We continue to ship products to our customers across borders, without disruption. We are in regular contact with our logistic partners and are currently not experiencing any transportation capacity issues.
Moving forward, we may experience reductions in staff levels as local preventive measures such as social distancing and school closures take effect. At this time we are confident that we can absorb the impact of such measures with minimal or no disruption to our customer supply. In each region we will continue to work with local authorities to ensure full compliance with their instructions, playing our part in protecting our Amerplast colleagues, partners and their families as well as the wider communities.
We will update you again should we ever find ourselves moving into a situation where our ability to deliver expected service levels could be impacted.
I would like to reiterate that at this time we face no reduction in our ability to supply our customers. The situation is however fluid and ever-changing. Therefore, should you wish to discuss any further proactive measures such as building finished goods inventories as part of your own corporate contingency planning, please contact your Amerplast sales representative soonest possible.
We thank you for your partnership and continued trust.
Chief Executive Officer