PAINT INDUSTRY WELCOMES LIFTING OF PRODUCTION AND SALES LOCKDOWN BAN
The SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) has welcomed the government’s decision to allow the resumption of production from May 1 as part of Alert Level 4. This measure, as well as permission for hardware stores to reopen from May 1 – both subject to Covid-19 safety protocols - were gazetted on April 29.
Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA, said the decision would allow thousands of South Africans who are still in lockdown, to use their residential confinement to buy products to upgrade dwellings and increase the value of their properties. “Allowing paint and ancillary products to be sold again would not only keep frustrated house-bound South Africans busy on long-awaited renovation projects but also help instil a positive frame of mind, which is badly needed nationally now after so many weeks of restricted living,” Spence stated.
SAPMA earlier in April had advised the Ministry of Trade and Industry that the coatings industry in countries such as Australia - where paint production and sales were allowed subject to strictly enforced factory social distancing – there had been a soaring demand for home renovation materials. Sales of such items had escalated so much during the Australian lockdown that three times more paint was sold in the last week of March than in the same week last year.
The SAPMA submission to the government added that the World Coatings Council had reported that in the USA, Federal and State actions to close businesses had, for the most part, spared paint and coatings, and that several other countries had also applied to their governments to allow coatings industry operations to resume.
Spence has now advised all members that in terms of the April 29 South African Government Gazette Covid-19 regulations, the coatings industry could resume full operations – not limited to 30% of employees only – from May 1 and hardware retailers could reopen on May 1 to sell all consumables in stock. SAPMA has also informed members of the health protocols that need to be strictly applied at plants.
Further information: DERYCK SPENCE, cell 082 894 6402.[BACK TO NEWS]