23.03.2020

Update COVID-19

Status update regarding Fluid-Bag's production and deliveries

Fluid-Bag is continuously monitoring the evolving situation around the spreading of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we are committed to mitigating any potential impact on the supply chains and operations of our customers.

Currently Fluid-Bag sees no obstacles for continued safe supply to and from our factory. Our production and deliveries are running normally.


Access to raw material and components

For critical components and raw materials, Fluid-Bag has verified and confirmed that we have a good stock level of components and raw material readily available from our most important suppliers. We are in continuous contact with our key suppliers regarding the situation in their supply chain, and currently our suppliers do not foresee any risk of raw material shortages. Most of our key suppliers are located geographically close in Finland, where there is so far only a small number of infections.

Fluid-Bag does not rely on any key suppliers in Italy that are impacted by the Italian closing of industrial manufacturing plants.


Delivery times, transports arranged by Fluid-Bag

Fluid-Bag uses several different shipping companies for deliveries, and we receive continuous updates on their time schedules and on any changes in their service. Currently we are not experiencing any issues or delays. Our logistic partners have however informed us that in the coming weeks the delivery times might be slightly longer due to many country borders being closed and the border crossing procedures are slower. For this reason, we check the ETA for every single delivery and inform our customers about the time schedule by e-mail. If we get information about any delays or changes, we immediately inform the customer.

Many of Fluid-Bag’s customers have sent their own statements and special instructions on how goods is currently received and handled at their facilities. We continuously forward this information to our logistic partners to ensure that their drivers and staff comply with the regulations at the receiving facility.

For incoming and outgoing deliveries at Fluid-Bag, truck drivers are instructed to stay in their vehicles during loading or unloading.


Health risks

As Fluid-Bag delivers packaging to the food and pharmaceutical industries we already have stringent health and safety procedures in place. Fluid-Bag is certified according to ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management) and follows HACCP procedures (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). Staff must always stay at home in case of illness or any symptoms that could cause risk of infection and contamination. As additional precaution, the work shifts in the production now have a 15-minute buffer time between shifts to minimize contact between operators in different shifts. Employees are also trained to multitasking, meaning that they can perform several of the work steps in the production process, which makes us less vulnerable to possible absence in the production.

The maintenance and logistics staff are from this week onwards also divided into two shifts, separated by 15 minutes, to ensure that we always have staff available to keep our production and deliveries running.

In addition to this, Fluid-Bag has increased the cleaning frequency of the facilities and strongly underline the importance of hygiene at the workplace.


General directives

Fluid-Bag has also enforced a strict travel ban for all our staff, we do not receive any external visits to our manufacturing plant, and encourage staff to work remotely when necessary.

Fluid-Bag is located in a quite remote and scarcely populated region in Finland, where there have been very few cases of infection so far. The Finnish government issued strict control in an early stage, so we hope this will ensure that the infection rate stays low in our region and that the implications on our business are minimal.


If you have any questions or need more information you can get in touch with Fluid-Bag's sales team, either via e-mail to solutions@fluid-bag.com or directly to your own Fluid-Bag contact person.

We will keep you updated with more information as the situation evolves during the coming weeks.

For now, let's all stay safe and take care of each other!


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