More than 2,400 workers at world’s top glove maker test positive for coronavirus

Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp., the world’s largest maker of rubber gloves, mentioned Tuesday it expects a two-to-four-week delay in deliveries after extra than 2,000 workers at its factories had been contaminated by the coronavirus. The outbreak has raised the opportunity of provide disruptions in the course of the pandemic.

Top Glove mentioned it has quickly stopped manufacturing at 16 factories in Klang, a city outdoors Kuala Lumpur, since Nov. 17 to display workers, with its remaining 12 services within the space working at a lot diminished capacities.

The authorities on Monday ordered 28 Top Glove factories in Klang to close down in phases to permit workers to endure screening and obligatory quarantine after 2,453 manufacturing unit workers examined positive for COVID-19.

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A employee inspects disposable gloves at the Top Glove manufacturing unit in Shah Alam on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. 

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The well being ministry reported 1,511 extra instances within the space on Tuesday, however did not say what number of had been manufacturing unit workers. The cluster contributed to a file each day excessive of two,188 instances nationwide, bringing Malaysia’s complete instances to 58,847. The cluster within the Klang space is at the moment probably the most lively within the nation with 4,036 instances.

Top Glove says it produces about 90 billion rubber gloves a 12 months, about one quarter of the world’s provide, and exports to 195 nations. It has seen earnings soar amid rising demand for its merchandise as a result of pandemic.

“We expect delays in some deliveries by about two to four weeks, as well as a longer lead time for orders, and estimate a possible 3% impact on projected annual sales for financial year 2021,” Top Glove mentioned in an announcement.

“To minimize the impact on our customers, we are allocating sales orders to unaffected factories and rescheduling deliveries where possible,” it mentioned, with out elaborating.

It mentioned it’s working carefully with the authorities and implementing stringent well being measures, together with each day disinfection of the workers’ dormitories and its factories. Top Glove reportedly has about 13,000 workers at its 28 factories in Klang.

It employs a complete of 21,000 workers in its 41 factories in Malaysia and 6 others in Thailand, Vietnam and China.


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