Swiss-based Steinemann, which makes wide-belt sanders for wood-based panels applications, issued a statement on June 9 saying it was observing and following the safety measures issued by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and complying with official measures and instructions in its subsidiaries’ countries, while company management is handling implementation together with local pandemic teams.

The company said its production sites in Switzerland and Shanghai were operational and it has stepped up communication with its partners and has credible confirmation of the agreed lead times.

Steinemann said its help desk was fully staffed to compensate for travel restrictions placed on its service technicians. It has also simplified processes and enabled working from home wherever possible.

Meanwhile, fellow sanding technology producer Imeas, based in Italy, recently announced that it had fully resumed production activities.

“We have defined and applied a protocol aimed at minimizing the risks of contagion within the corporate environments and we have sanitized our premises and working surfaces, informed the staff of the risks related to COVID-19 and the relevant prevention methods,” said Francesco Zenere, commercial director of Imeas.

“Masks and disinfectant gel are now part of our working life. We continue to maintain adequate social distancing, we avoid meetings and gatherings, we move with masks and gloves.

“We are now concentrating on recovering the work left behind after these weeks of lockdown and to complete the logistical reorganization already undertaken. We are aware that not all the lost time can be made up, but we are determined to minimize delays.”