Esko Recognizes “Packaging Heroes”
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While many industries have been hit hard by the un- precedented effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the worldwide packaging community has responded by supporting numerous welfare efforts. “These are the strangest of times,” said Jan De Roeck, Esko Marketing Director, Industry Relations and Strat- egy.“With the continuation of the global food, hygiene and pharmaceutical packaging supply chains being so crucial to society, it has been heartening to see the way packaging sectors have sought to not only meet increased consumer requirements but also go above and beyond in their response to the crisis. “Many businesses have reported huge spikes in de- mand for their services during this unprecedented time of challenge,” continued De Roeck. “Yet packag- ing converters around the world have also been in- volved in supporting the front-line efforts of health care workers – and the broader community.” De Roeck said that in the United Kingdom,colleagues at Barnstaple-based Atlas Packaging had garnered praise for keeping the critical supply chain flowing to the NHS, Military and Food Service sectors, while in Leicester, workers at Data Image Group Ltd. had been lauded for using their expertise to produce thousands of vital protection screens. “In the United States, the team at Arkansas-based Re- source Design carried out some amazing work,” said De Roeck, “designing and manufacturing Plexiglas boxes made specifically to shield Health Care Work- ers on the front lines while they save lives intubating COVID-19 patients.” Further north, colleagues at Certa Opportune in Can- ada worked around the clock to produce 1,000 sneeze guards and visors each day,while the team at AG Event Graphics Group in Ontario created effective floor graphics in support of the health care effort. “In Europe, Spanish company Flexogràfico has been hard at work creating face shields for its customers across the country,” said De Roeck, “while the team at Zeefdrukkerij Zeven in Belgium have been putting their digital finishing tables through their paces, cut- ting Plexiglas screens which can be fitted either onto counters or in meeting rooms. “Back in the United Kingdom, the sense of commu- nity responsibility extends beyond health care too,” continued De Roeck.“The Alexir Partnership came up with an amazing initiative to entertain young children with packaging through the Easter break, whilst Ket- tering-based Rigid Containers Limited donated 600 corrugated boxes to Kettering Borough Council for
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