British Glass CEO Dave Dalton gives an update on the current situation surrounding the glass industry and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Of course, the UK glass industry is deeply concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the market and their longer-term position should this situation endure for months rather than weeks. With all significant sporting events already cancelled, Government advising the public to avoid ‘social contact’ and therefore consigning pubs, clubs, restaurants, live music and public venues to virtual ‘lock-down’, there is inevitably going to be a significant and concerning reduction in demand.
Financially this is a particularly sensitive time for the whole supply-chain, and we are working closely with the sector, BEIS, the Treasury, CBI and other agencies to ensure all support measures being developed and implemented are accessible to our manufacturers and their customers.
These are deeply worrying times and completely unchartered territory for manufacturing, both as a whole and in particular for glass production as a continuous operation that runs 24/7 with a limited capacity to ‘press the pause button’. We are closely monitoring the emerging situation and communicating with the authorities and the wider supply-chain to ensure we minimise the impact as far as possible and assist our manufacturing economy through this global crisis.
At British Glass we are committed to safeguarding our staff and are closely monitoring the situation to make sure we are taking all of the precautions to protect our members and colleagues and will send updates when necessary
Colleagues and members are reminded to follow the latest Government and UK advice: