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Coronavirus sparks supply chain preparations

Sun Chemical, a producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies is planning supply chain preparations amidst the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Sun Chemical has begun supply chain preparation

The new virus strand which began in Wuhan, China at start of the year has now affected hundreds-of-thousands of people in the Chinese region and around the world.

A statement from the World Health Organisation as the virus was discovered described it as “a large family of viruses that range from the common cold to SARS”.

As the outbreak continues, businesses have begun closing their doors to avoid further contamination and as a result of deserted cities and towns. 

With the epidemic looking to go on for some time and shares in China falling, concerns have now turned to the impact on the economy.  

Proactively managing our customer orders, inventory levels, in-transit shipments and open order levels is a critical path for us

In a statement addressing how it will navigate business around the outbreak, Sun Chemical says it will continue to monitor its supply chain, including raw material and intermediate suppliers and logistics providers.

Jeffrey Shaw, chief supply chain officer of Sun Chemical comments: “Proactively managing our customer orders, inventory levels, in-transit shipments and open order levels is a critical path for us. We have established control teams to manage each of these areas and take the required precautions in order to prevent any supply disruptions.

“Specifically focusing on individual materials and suppliers will enable us to take any necessary precautions. At this time, our focus also includes materials from China and other high-risk regions that supply to us. We will continue to keep our customers updated during this process.

“Bottom line, we are committed to work through this process with our customers to make sure supply disruptions are minimised.”

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