As manufacturers of personal care and cosmetic products around the world have quickly mobilized to produce essential items such as hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial products to help health workers and all others in the front-line in the fight against SARS-COV-2, Aptar mobilized its world-class production capabilities to respond to the urgent need for large quantities of essential items like pumps and closures.
Thus, Aptar delivered Satine and Euroflow pumps “in record time” to French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, one of the country’s first major companies, when they decided to repurpose their cosmetics manufacturing facilities to produce hydroalcoholic hand sanitisers.
The German subsidiary of French beauty giant L’Oréal also praised Aptar for its ability to quickly deliver GS lotion pumps which enabled it to begin producing hand sanitisers in mid-March, as lockdown restrictions were being enacted across Europe.
A global response to regional needs
“Key to such successful outcomes has been Aptar’s ability to leverage international manufacturing facilities despite strict controls on the movement of goods across European borders,” explains the company in a statement.
For instance, Aptar Italia produced GSA pumps for Spanish manufacturer Laboratorios Maverick, enabling it to speed up production of hand sanitizers for hospitals in the country.
Similarly, bottles of hand sanitizer that were donated from the Groupe Rocher to the University Hospital of Rennes, in the West of France, were equipped with Aptar’s GS lotion pump and transport safety clips.
Aptar commits itself
Furthermore, Aptar is not staying away from the solidarity movement. Aptar Beauty + Home’s Full-Service team is deploying its capabilities to manufacture and donate bottles of hand sanitisers equipped with Aptar HighFlow pumps to pharmacies and clinics in the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region, in France.
In response to the urgent need for protective masks, one of Aptar’s very own Product Design Engineers, based in Illinois, is making a difference in his community by personally 3D printing face shields and ear guards for local hospitals and fire departments.
“Aptar is particularly proud of the efforts of its employees during this challenging time, employees have been quick to reveal a commendable generosity of spirit. Upon their own initiation, workers at Aptar Italia raised EUR 12,050 for the local hospital, while employees at Aptar’s Torello site in Spain have also begun raising money internally to donate to the Hospital General de Vic. In response, Aptar has committed to doubling the funds raised by staff,” adds the group.
Similarly, the teams of Aptar Charleval, Aptar Verneuil, Aptar Oyonnax, Aptar Poincy, in France, Aptar Madrid, in Spain, Aptar Ballinasloe, in Ireland, have undertaken diverse initiatives to help local hospitals.
Safety of employees
For its part, the group is committed to providing the best solutions and services to its partners, while focusing on the health and safety of its employees throughout the duration of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have taken all necessary steps to protect our front- line manufacturing teams to ensure we can continue to produce products essential to fighting the pandemic, such as pumps and closures for hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial products, pharma solutions that help save lives,” says Aptar.
The Aptar group says it will continue to monitor and analyse its global processes and responses as the pandemic evolves. “Our Covid-19 Global Action Team is meeting daily and has instigated the Covid-19 Exposure Control Plan to protect our employees and operations. This ensures business continuity while prioritizing the health of our employees will continue to be our primary focus during this difficult time,” concludes the company.