Being flexible through the crisis:more and more member companies of the Association of the German Home Textiles Industry (Heimtex), the Trade Association of the Mattress Industry and the Association of Interior Privacy and Sun Protection (ViS) are reacting to the corona pandemic and converting their production lines either wholly or in part to producing face masks or similar equipment.
The shutdown in Germany has meant closed shops, social distancing in public spaces and limited border traffic – to mention but a few of the unprecedented challenges that are currently facing the textile industry. Many businesses have already moved staff to short time working and even flourishing companies are facing threats to their existence through no fault of their own.
It is therefore all the more gratifying to see members of the Textile+Sun Protection Competence Centre react creatively to the crisis situation: they are using some of their production capacity to manufacture face masks as well as other hygiene and protection products. With these measures, the companies are not only ensuring that production continues and people can remain employed, at least in part; they are also making an important contribution to closing the current gaps in the supply of items urgently needed to stem the pandemic.
The Sun+Protection Competence Centre is a joint venture by the Association of Home Textiles Manufacturers, the Association of Interior Privacy and Sun Protection and the Trade Association of the Mattress Industry. The list of members involved in the manufacture of face masks and similar products ranges from Alfred Apelt to Wölfel & Co.
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