ITALY (News release) -- Lecta says it has decided to stop production at the Cartiere del Garda woodfree coated paper mill in Italy amid the rising number of coronavirus infections in Europe and related industrial and logistical issues. Operations are to be stopped 19 March at the end of the second shift and the downtime is scheduled to last until 25 of March.
Following is a statement from Lecta:
In the current exceptional circumstances, Lecta would like to inform its customers, suppliers, partners and other stakeholders of its decision to maintain company operations, given that we manufacture a product that is crucial to maintaining the supply chain for basic necessities.
The safety and health of our partners is a priority for Lecta. We have activated all the mechanisms needed to ensure the continuity of our activity and services at the same time as we have heightened health and safety protocols in all our manufacturing sites following the recommendations of government authorities.
Organizational changes have been implemented in all our manufacturing sites, with managers staying constantly informed. Meanwhile, protocols have been activated to strengthen hygiene and cleaning measures, avoid in-person meetings, limit the number of employees in common areas and reduce personal contact as much as possible, in addition to other steps taken to ensure the safety of our employees.
Moreover, in an extraordinary technical and organizational effort, all company employees able to perform their duties via teleworking have been equipped with the means necessary to do so as of March 16.
Our production activity is largely aimed at the labels and packaging sector. This is why our products, once printed and transformed, are essential in ensuring that the food, hygiene, pharmaceutical and logistics industries are able to continue their activity and ensure that people are not left without services.