Canpack aids coronavirus fight in hard-hit regions

Poland’s Canpack is the latest canmaker to aid in the global effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The Krakow-based company said it has donated money and material to organisations around the world battling to keep the virus under control. Among various aid programmes, it has offered financial assistance to buy protective equipment for medical personnel, ventilators for hospitals treating patients suffering from the disease, antibacterial liquid soap, hand sanitisers and surfaced sprays.

Canpack’s vice president Małgorzata Podrecka said: “In this state of pandemic, the questions of health protection and support for medical professionals are particularly important – we have mobilised strongly and engaged in a series of initiatives to address the needs of local authorities and communities.”

Canmakers, their suppliers and customers have risen to the challenge of fighting the outbreak. China-based equipment maker SLAC has developed a machine that can make high-end face masks and British company CarnaudMetalbox Engineering has begun manufacturing parts for hospital breathing ventilators, which are used to treat patients suffering severe illness from the disease. Meanwhile, craft brewers, including BrewDog in the UK, have reconfigured their production runs to make cans of hand sanitiser.

Canpack, which operates plants in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America, has made contributions to coronavirus efforts in some of the hardest-hit parts of the world.

“In our locations in Russia, Canpack has produced antibacterial and anti-virus liquids using its own laboratories and resources, while in Brazil it has donated food baskets to the Association of Garbage Collectors, public hospital associations supporting disabled children and an orphanage taking care of abused children,” Podrecka said.

Among the innovations Canpack has deployed is 3D printing processes to make protective equipment for staff who are exposed on a daily basis to coronavirus patients in hospitals and clinics.

“We are particularly proud of the engagement of our employees who have initiated and volunteered eagerly in projects to combat Covid-19,” Podrecka said. “Our R&D department used the 3D printing technology to make face shields, which were delivered to local hospitals.”