The outbreak of COVID-19 continues to have a huge impact around the world. Clearly, our priority is to keep our employees, their families and our partners safe and well. We’re closely monitoring the pandemic situation and taking all necessary measures. In affected countries and regions, everyone is working remotely if their jobs allow and we fully support national and local government requirements.
At the same time our customers are relying on us to provide products across a whole range of critical industries. For example, our coatings are used on hospital beds and other metal equipment (including oxygen bottles and ventilators), which are currently in high demand. We’re therefore prioritizing our resources in this area to ensure production of these key items can continue.
We also supply coatings used in the cans of food and drink that people are consuming every day – and the industry is working flat out to keep up with the increased demand. In addition, many of our coatings products – including our decorative paints – are a key part of the construction and transportation sectors. So we’re helping to ensure that crucial work can carry on, such as building new hospitals, while playing our part in keeping the transport of necessary supplies moving by road, sea and rail.
Our paints and coatings – and the functionalities they provide – are actually vital to many essential products and they play a major role in people’s daily lives. Therefore, where allowed, and following local and national requirements, we continue to operate because we’re a key part of these essential supply chains.
We’re taking maximum precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees. At all AkzoNobel locations, our colleagues are sticking to social distancing measures, where these are in force, and observing all necessary hygiene rules. It’s all to make sure our customers have everything they need, so they can help as many people as possible.