logo
menu

Cefic members ‘pushed capacity limits’ during COVID-19 emergency

“COVID-19 is a pandemic requiring a pan-European response,” stated the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) president Daniele Ferrari.
The increase in production of critical supplies included disinfectants, diagnostic tests, ventilators, protective masks, gloves and gowns, intensive care unit medicines and equipment and protective clothing during the pandemic.
He said: “The COVID-19 outbreak has affected us all in one way or another. It has disrupted the way the EU institutions, governments and companies all across the world operate. Times like these require a pro-active, flexible and innovative approach.”
Understanding the responsibility in this unprecedented crisis, Cefic’s members pushed their capacity limits to meet the increase in demand for essential supplies in the countries where they operate.
“The European chemical industry did not stop at increasing essential supplies,” Ferrari continued. “Our members went on to shift production lines, donate supplies or funds and invest in research for coronavirus testing.”
To shift production processes to adapt to the new needs, some members set up emergency production lines, built new plants, or formed new alliances.
For instance, in Ireland biopharma and chemical companies formed a COVID Alliance collaborating with local engineering and construction companies in order to support healthcare facilities.
In Spain and Italy, chemical companies supported hospitals ensuring a regular supply of new resources or to set up emergency rooms with medical equipment, devoted to infectious diseases. In Germany, a special platform was created to allow partnerships between hospitals and producers to be formed to simplify the supply of much needed disinfectants.
In many cases the increased supply of essential products have been donated to authorities, hospitals, pharmacies, humanitarian organisations and others free of charge.
Companies that could not donate in the form of supplies donated funds to hospitals, charitable organisations or research. Other donations included fuel vouchers for emergency service vehicles and medical workers, and free food or drinks for health-care professionals, truck drivers and the delivery people who are vital to maintaining supplies.
And there were more examples of the industry collaborating to fight COVID19; a consortium of Finnish companies started a project aimed at almost doubling the number of coronavirus tests in Finland.
In Switzerland, a chemical company donated hydroxychloroquine. Hydroxychloroquine and a related drug, chloroquine, are under evaluation in clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19.
“All this to say that – as an industry – we understand the crucial role we play and we are more than willing to provide solutions in times of crises”, concluded Ferrari.




cleaning
Jan 23, 2023
As part of the chemical and food logistics chain, the European Federation of Tank Cleaning Organisations (EFTCO) and its associated cleaning stations have always focused on their responsibilities for food safety, hygiene and of course, sustainability. Becoming more environmentally friendly and cutting waste has become an urgent priority. That is why the ECLIC board,... [Read More]

cleaning
Jan 16, 2023
Boasso Global, a provider of cleaning, depot, maintenance and transportation services for the ISO tank container industry, has officially opened its new headquarters. The grand opening celebration in the Water Street Tampa community was held on 11 January and was attended by Boasso Global’s team, Tampa Bay’s Mayor Jane Castor, Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce members,... [Read More]

cleaning
Jan 12, 2023
Dinges Logistics has expanded its fleet with an additional reachstacker for empty containers. This decision is based on the fact the company opened another site last year, which offers an additional logistics space of approximately 15,000 square meters. The storage capacity for empty containers has now been increased. In order to still ensure proper logistical processes... [Read More]

cleaning
Jan 11, 2023
Wilhelm Ernst, or Ernst Logistiks, has been running successfully since it started in the road haulage business in 1928. The family business developed and evolved from the transportation of bitumen in the 1950s and the transportation of silo products such as flour in the 1960s to becoming a provider of broad logistic services for tank trucks and tank containers. The... [Read More]

cleaning
Jan 6, 2023
Vopak and Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies have agreed a joint venture for hydrogen storage, transport and supply. LOHC Logistix will be based on Hydrogenious’ Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology. Located in Germany, it will support both parties to facilitate their efforts to supply green hydrogen to off-takers, using LOHC-based transportation via ship,... [Read More]

cleaning
Jan 3, 2023
Claessen Tankcleaning Venlo have been passionately focusing on the internal and external cleaning of road tankers, tank containers, bulk trucks, trailers as well as IBC containers for the past 22 years, . The Dutch-based firm cleans a range of products from food as well as non-food items. The company also prides itself in the cleaning of toxic or heavy reactive goods,... [Read More]

cleaning
Dec 20, 2022
Maximum utilisation can only be guaranteed if tankers and vehicles are quickly back on the road. Industrial and commercial containers are not only filled and emptied repeatedly during their life cycle. Depending on how they are used, they also need to be cleaned regularly to remove contamination such as food residues, latex, limescale, rust, cement, copper debris,... [Read More]

Feature
Dec 14, 2022
Moreno Romanini, technical manager at OMZ, speaks to Tank Cleaning Magazine, about its successes and challenges the company faces. Can you tell us a bit about your containers that are used within tank washing plants and can you explain how they work? At OMZ, we help meet the needs of our customers to speed up assembly operations by creating thermal and pumping plants... [Read More]

cleaning
Dec 12, 2022
Bertschi Group has doubled its terminal capacity at the ValuePark Terneuzen to meet the growing market demand for storage and intermodal solutions. The Swiss chemical logistics company Bertschi Group has built a network set up for rail, road and waterway transportation throughout Europe. Bertschi opened its 12,000m2 rail terminal at ValuePark Terneuzen in May 2008.... [Read More]

cleaning
Dec 8, 2022
INEOS Inovyn is to become the first company in Europe to use a hydrogen truck for PVC transportation. The new truck was presented at this year’s INOVYN Awards ceremony on 20 October. Deliveries with the new truck will begin at the end of Q1 2023, from INEOS Inovyn’s PVC production plant in Tavaux to Benvic’s plant in Dijon. It is expected that 60 tons of CO2... [Read More]

121 queries in 1.111 seconds.