Following the outbreak of COVID19 and the resulting public health measures, label companies have been taking steps to contain the risk for their staff’s well-being and their business’ continuity. Together with the national associations and other stakeholder associations, FINAT has been supporting the members of the label community with information, most recently with a webinar that was held on March 31 to assess the situation around Europe and explore possible next steps in support of the industry.
FINAT also endorses statements from various industry bodies calling for the uninterrupted cross-border transport of raw materials, goods and packaging, as well as the continued availability of essential raw materials and chemicals.
Jules Lejeune, FINAT managing director, comments, “Several countries have explicitly or implicitly declared labels and packaging as essential part of the critical infrastructure for the food and medical supply chain. We also welcome the EU Commission’s new ‘Guidelines for Border Management,' implementing Green Lanes for essential freight transport. We however look forward to even more concerted measures on a European level to contain the economic impact of this crisis. In Europe, governments, industries and workers alike, we are all in this together.”
Lejeune adds, “The European label and narrow web industry is strongly committed to playing its part in the critical infrastructure. Presently, however, the European label value chain is facing considerable challenges, as businesses are struggling to keep up with excessive short term demand due to hoarding, while at the same time, companies are coping with labor shortages and restrictions on the availability of critical raw materials and chemicals in the manufacturing process.”