The Exolon Group, based in North Rhine-Westphalia and with production sites in Belgium and Italy, is currently optimizing its production of transparent polycarbonate and Vivak polyester sheets.
The Exolon Group, based in North Rhine-Westphalia and with production sites in Belgium and Italy, is currently optimizing its production of transparent polycarbonate and Vivak polyester sheets. With its plastic products, the Serafin Group company is helping to slow the spread of Covid-19.
"There has been an increase in demand for transparent sheet material that is used for medical protective barriers such as face shields and partitions for the reception area in hospitals or at supermarket checkouts. This has prompted us to adapt our production accordingly, ”explains Jens Becker, Managing Director of the Exolon Group.
Becker specifies: “Due to the increasing demand of our materials we had to react and optimized our production lines accordingly. We are proud that our products make a contribution to better protecting employees in systemically relevant professions in this difficult time.
”The group currently has over 250 employees, with 83 employees based at the production site in Nera Montoro, Italy, about 70 kilometers north of Rome. In addition, 176 employees work at the production site in Tielt, Belgium, about 30 kilometers west of Ghent. Transparent, translucent and opaque solid sheets are produced in Belgium and transparent multiwall sheets in Italy, which can also be used as protective partitions and privacy screens in hospital wards.
Operations continue to run at both production sites, but with smaller teams. The Exolon Group is aware of its responsibility and is running as many lines as possible under the constraints of a reduced presence of production personnel.
Managing Director Jens Becker says: “The situation is a big challenge for everyone involved. The company has a special thanks to all those employees who come to work even in these difficult times to ensure the production of the sheets.
Numerous Hygiene Measures
The company has significantly increased the hygiene measures across the factories; the machine controls are disinfected several times a day and disinfectant is provided at all important points in the buildings. In addition, all employees are having their temperatures taken on a daily basis. In the current situation, it helps that important issues such as occupational health and safety have been a very high priority in the company for many years.
The Exolon Group specializes in the production of solid and multiwall sheets from high-performance thermoplastic materials and has been operating under this new name since 2020. Previously, the listed Covestro AG operated the European sheet business and sold it to the Serafin Unternehmensgruppe at the beginning of the year. In 2019, the division generated total sales of approx. EUR 115 million. The Exolon Group operates as an independent, medium-sized company under the umbrella of the Serafin Group. The focus continues to be on the production and sale of high-quality solid and multiwall sheets, which are used in the construction and lighting industries as well as in the areas of mechanical engineering and mobility.