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Exolon equips European stores with corona protection

The Exolon factory in Tielt, Flanders, produces transparent plates made of polyester and polycarbonate for use in face masks and protective panels for shop counters. “We're running at full speed. The demand is enormous and comes from all over Europe,” says Gertjan Venema, the site manager.

Protective panel in shop

Operating at full capacity

Supermarkets, bakers, butchers and other shops have invested massively in screens at the cash register in recent weeks to protect staff from possible coronavirus infection. To provide that protection, Exolon’s factory, which employs 175 people, is operating at full capacity.

Mainly for European export

Gertjan Venema: "We've delivered hundreds of tons of material in the last few weeks. There is enormous demand – and not just from Belgium, but from the whole of Europe. 99% of our production is intended for export. I estimate that since the beginning of the corona crisis, the number of orders has been twice as high as normal.”

Increasing demanc

Exolon's products have played an important role in keeping food stores up and running in recent weeks. Now that the lockdown in several countries is being phased out, demand will likely continue to increase, as other reopening shops will also have to take protective measures.

About Exolon

A few months ago, Exolon was acquired by German company Serafin. It also operates a site in Italy and has an annual turnover of EUR 130 million.

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(source: De Tijd newspaper)
30 April 2020

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