LIASA activates a special production for the health emergency

LIASA Industrial Algodonera has redirected part of its production to manufacture components for medical devices to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus.

In just one weekend, LIASA adapted several production lines to manufacture elastic bands suitable for sewing in protective masks. The company has enabled 4 production shifts seven days a week, so it is being manufactured 24 hours a day to respond to the huge health demand due to the crisis caused by Covid19.

The general director and vice president of LIASA, Jaime Cabré, affirms that, currently, the changes and adaptations in the production lines are allowing a weekly manufacture of 1,000,000 meters, that is, the equivalent of 3,000,000 masks per week. The company is already working on the production of more than 300,000 meters in orders.

In fact, the entire textile industry has turned to this work and LIASA has collaborated with several companies in the sector in the province to contribute each part of the components and to transfer the material in the form of a donation. In this case, LIASA not only has the capacity to manufacture elastic bands and ribbons, but can also serve them cut to size to reduce sewing times and speed up production.  

LIASA is a century-old family business, founded in 1918 and based in La Selva del Camp,Tarragona, Spain, which directly employs 50 people and bills around 5 million euros a year.

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Aifec trusts that the companies of the sector overcome the sanitary crisis caused by the coronavirus

The Aifec Board of Directors trusts the rapid recovery of the label sector once the Government lifts the measures to paralyze the economy that have been taken to overcome the health crisis caused by the expansion of the coronavirus in Spain. The association's forecast is based on a study carried out among its manufacturing partners, which shows that, although nearly three quarters of companies are being affected by the current situation, the sector continues to work at 90% of its capacity, pushed for the essential activities of food and pharmacy.

The president of Aifec, José Ramón Benito, recalls that "80% of the turnover of this business comes from labels for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, hygiene and health sectors", essential activities that continue to operate in these weeks of hibernation of the economy after the publication of the Royal Decree Law of March 29 to reduce the mobility of the population.

According to this survey carried out by Aifec in the second half of March, 83% of companies in the sector have increased their production of labels for the food and pharmacy industries by almost 30%. In addition, eight out of 10 companies have seen the number of national deliveries for these industries increased by 29%. Exports of this type of label have grown in 7 out of 10 companies by 12% on average. For the rest of the industries, production, national deliveries and exports have decreased, which have been frozen since the Royal Decree Law of March 29.

At the health level, nine% of Aifec companies have workers who are suffering from the disease caused by the coronavirus and 46% have workers in quarantine or home surveillance.

In addition, Aifec is in continuous contact with other associations in the value chain of paper and packaging and packaging to act jointly with the administration and guarantee the supply of raw materials to continue working and thus ensuring the supply of products from first need for citizenship.

KPP, Sequana and Bpifrance have entered into binding agreements for the potential acquisition of Sequana and Bpifrance’s 83.7% stake in Antalis by KPP

Kokusai Pulp & Paper (KPP) and Sequana SA have entered into a put option agreement, according to which KPP agreed, subject to certain condition precedents, to acquire 53,395,148 ordinary shares of Antalis SA held by Sequana, representing approximately 75.2% of Antalis’ share capitaland 82.5% ofvoting rights. The Sequana block would be acquired for a price per share equal to €0.10,subject to limited downward price adjustmenton the closing date, as the case may be.

KPP and Bpifrance Participations have also entered into a share purchase agreement, according to which KPP agreed to acquire, and Bpifrance agreed to sell, 6,064,946 ordinary shares (approximately 8.5% share capital and voting rights) of Antalis, for a price per share equal to €0.40, subject only to the effective transfer of the shares held by Sequana to KPP.

The Alliance for the Competitiveness of the Spanish Industry expresses its solidarity

The Alliance for the Competitiveness of Spanish Industry -constituted by ANFAC, AOP, ASPAPEL, FEIQUE, FIAB, OFICEMEN and UNESID- expresses its solidarity with all those affected by the current health crisis. In addition, it reiterates its desire for an upcoming end to the pandemic, as well as an early economic recovery that contributes to the well-being and prosperity of Spanish society.

In relation to the Royal Decree-Law approved by the Spanish Government, the Alliance applauds that the Executive has decided to adopt measures that contribute to alleviating the problems that the COVID-19 epidemic is already causing to society as a whole, to families and to companies and wants to urge you to adopt all the necessary measures so that the health crisis that we are all fighting against does not end up turning into a serious economic crisis that can have a devastating effect on society as a whole.

"It is time for all economic operators and, of course, the social agents and business associations that make up the Alliance, to support the government in the fight to overcome the serious health crisis while maintaining, as far as possible in the current circumstances, economic activity in our country. Our companies, within the scope of their responsibilities, contribute their grain of sand to this collective task: they have organized remote work for those workers who can carry it out and are collaborating with health authorities in the best possible management of workplaces, redoubling sanitation and disinfection activities, taking care that all the personnel in its facilities, both its own and those of collaborating companies, have the personal protection equipment (PPE) that they require for the performance of their work. The industry is making rational and responsible use of the temporary employment regulation files, waiting to resume its activity and recover the level of employment prior to the health crisis. Our prevention services collaborate actively and loyally with the health authorities in the process, which concerns everyone, of overcoming the epidemic in our country ”.

The Alliance has transmitted to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism some proposals that they consider necessary with respect to the scope and content of the Royal Decree-Law, offering to maintain and, if possible, reinforce their collaboration with the authorities so that they can clarify some issues in the standard application process.

Finally, he wants to state that the Spanish industry, which is socially responsible, is doing everything possible to maintain industrial activity, within the logical limitations derived from the situation, attending where appropriate to the demands for goods that are essential for society in these moments, in addition to intensifying the dialogue with the workers' representatives, "convinced as we are, that Spain needs its industry as the main engine of progress and prosperity of our society".

The Alliance for the Competitiveness of Spanish Industry represents the strategic industrial sectors for the development of the economy and employment in Spain, generating 50% of the Gross Industrial Product and 2.9 million direct, indirect and induced jobs. Together, the Alliance companies carry out 55% of industrial exports and 60% of investments in R & D & i.

FESPA Spain launches a bank of projects to fight coronavirus

Several associates of FESPA Spain have begun to manufacture health and protection products against the coronavirus that are so necessary at the moment to guarantee the safety of employees who continue to work in person during the state of alarm, that of health workers and, in general, to help in the fight against the virus.

Examples of this are the GP Group and the OM Group, which are manufacturing protective screens to be placed on the checkout lines of supermarkets or on the counters of pharmacies; or Serisan, who is using his 3D printer to make respirator parts.

Also the company Segurilight Señalización, which has transferred its company vehicles to the Red Cross to distribute food to people who need it; In Chlorophyll they are making sanitary protection masks with their 3D printer; at AIMAN GZ they are producing masks with the help of a partner in the Netherlands to hand them over to hospitals; or the case of Bio Green Save Solutions, which have a system to decontaminate the air that can be transferred to hospitals and nursing homes.

Their initiatives have led FESPA Spain to launch a bank of projects that its associates share with each other to exchange information. The objective is that projects carried out by companies can be identified and shared so that other companies can replicate it in another area or with another idea. Thus, companies that want to produce material will not have to start by investigating which suppliers can supply them with the raw material or what requirements each product has to meet, but will be able to benefit from research on this material that has already been done by another associate. Enviar comentarios

Alzamora Group intensifies efforts and keeps all its production plants operational

Alzamora Group ensures that it maintains its productivity in order to guarantee supply and serve all its customers, especially those in the food, pharmacy and basic goods sector.

The company works day after day and confirms that it is making efforts to respond to the needs of citizens, thus ensuring that the supply chain is altered as little as possible.

Likewise, and following the recommendations of the health authorities, the Alzamora Group is developing prevention actions internally, under a rigorous Safety Plan. Its main objective is to guarantee the health, safety and comfort of its teams, partners and clients.

Its different production centers in Spain and Portugal work together, sharing synergies, to continue offering a global service.




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