COVID-19: glass fibre manufacturing is an essential industrial activity

Glass Fibre Europe adopted a position paper to stress the need to ensure the presence of workers on site and the critical role of its production to both the surviving in the pandemic and achieving the economic recovery after the pandemic passes.

Unlike many industrial processes, glass manufacturing is not suitable to intermittent operation. Shutting down the installations would irreversibly damage the furnace and create disruption on key value chains for months.

In view of the important role of the glass fibre industry and the need to maintain a continuous industrial activity to preserve the furnace and industrial tool, Glass Fibre Europe calls on the authorities:

  • To include glass fibre manufacturing in the list of “essential businesses”.
  • To list workers on glass fibre manufacturing sites as “essential workers.

The position paper is available below.