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COVID-19 - News digest as of 09.04.2020

April 09/2020

1. Coalition ramps up face shields output in response to Covid-19

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A coalition initiated by 3D printing company Stratasys (Eden Prairie, Minnesota / USA) is ramping up production of disposable face shields for use by medical personnel in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Stratasys said the number of companies and universities involved in the coalition now exceeds 150 and members include Toyota, Boeing and medical technology company Medtronic (Minneapolis, Minnesota). Requests from hospitals and other organisations for the shields, which include a 3D-printed frame and a clear plastic shield covering the entire face, now exceed 350,000 shields.

2. Ford of Canada retools to make plastic face shields for healthcare workers

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. has retooled a portion of its Engine Plant in Windsor, Ont., and begun producing plastic protective face shields for healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic, said Canplastics. The company is working with the Ontario and federal governments to distribute face shields throughout the province, and across Canada. Shipments are scheduled to start this week.

3. Clariant starts monthly production of 2m litres of disinfectant in Germany

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant announced it has started monthly production of 2 million liters of disinfectant at its facilities in Gendorf, Germany, said Hydrocarbonprocessing. This disinfectant is then directly or via repacking partners provided to regional hospitals and other vital institutions in Bavaria, who are currently facing limited availability of this critical product during the COVID-19 outbreak.

4. Lanxess suspends share buyback scheme on coronavirus crises

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lanxess managing board has decided to indefinitely suspend its planned share buyback program announced on Mar. 10, in view of the coronavirus crisis, reported CHEManager. The program launched on March 12 with a first tranche of up to EUR250 million foresaw repurchasing shares up to a volume of EUR500 million over a 24-month period.

5. Port Arthur Total refinery employee tests positive for COVID-19

MOSCOW (MRC) -- An employee at the Port Arthur Total refinery has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to 12News. The company confirmed Tuesday that the employee who tested positive is in self-quarantine and hasn't been at the site since March 26.

6. Five employees at DuPont Chesterfield plant have tested positive for the coronavirus

DuPont, which operates one of the Richmond regions largest manufacturing plants, confirmed Monday that five local employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, but the companys local manufacturing operations are still functioning, according to Richmond Times-Dispatch. All five employees who tested positive for COVID-19 are "quarantined and recovering," DuPont spokesman Ryan Smartt said.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, crude and gaz condensate, petrochemistry, adhesives, film, Ford Motor Kompani, Clariant International, DuPont, Lanxess, Total Petrochemicals, COVID-19, USA.
Category:General News
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