Skip to comments.Virus fight at risk as world's medical glove capital struggles with lockdown
Posted on 03/25/2020 3:25:47 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
KUALA LUMPUR - Disposable rubber gloves are indispensable in the global fight against the new coronavirus, yet a months lockdown in stricken Malaysia where three of every five gloves are made has upended the supply chain and threatens to hamstring hospitals worldwide.
The worlds biggest maker of medical gloves by volume, Top Glove Corp Bhd, has the capacity to make 200 million gloves a day, but a supplier shutdown has left it with only two weeks worth of boxes to ship them in.
We cant get our gloves to hospitals without cartons, Executive Chairman Lim Wee Chai said in an interview. Hospitals need our gloves. We cant just supply 50% of their requirement.
Glove makers and others eligible for exemption can operate half-staffed provided they meet strict safety conditions. Still, the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) said it was lobbying almost every hour to return the industry to full strength to minimize risk to the global fight.
Were shut down, said Evonna Lim, managing director at packaging supplier Etheos Imprint Technology. We fall under an exempted category but still need approval.
MARGMA is considering rationing due to the extremely high demand, its president Denis Low said. You can produce as many gloves as you can but then theres nothing to pack them into.
Under normal circumstances, Top Glove can meet less than 40% of its own packaging needs. For the remainder, it said just 23% of suppliers have gained approval to operate at half strength.
Malaysias Ministry of International Trade and Industry on Tuesday said it had received masses of applications to operate through the lockdown, and that it was seeking cooperation from industries to give way to those producing essential goods.
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If we want our great-grandchildren to live, we must stop the traitors and produce more on U.S. soil. The “service industry” putsch stunk 40 years ago, and many are finally beginning to see a few of the more minor consequences of it.
We also see why the Democrats and too many Republicans were so desperate to stop President Trump.
Boxes, we dont need no stinking boxes.
Ship em in mail bags or duffle bags or something else.
I am sure a US Company can assist in someway
17 dead in Malaysia and they have cut the largest maker of vital
gloves to half speed. Apparently that wasnt enough so now they
stopped the packaging manufacturer- I hope this backfires on the globalist
scum and we bring much of this manufacturing back here.
Well, here’s as example finally of “diversity is our strength”. Diversifier where these businesses are located and we’ll be stronger.
Diversifier? = diversify
I’m sure NYS can now donate the leftover single use bags.
I suggest buckets of soapy water and 24 hours of time.
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