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Merck donates two million FFP2 masks



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Merck, a science and technology company, is donating a total of two million FFP2 masks in Germany, France and the United States, among others. The company is covering the costs of purchasing and transporting the protective equipment. The donation is mainly intended to support healthcare workers; the relevant authorities and organizations will handle the distribution of the masks.

“During these unprecedented times, we are grateful for the dedication and great work of all those on the Covid-19 front lines. To help protect more than 30,000 healthcare professionals, we are donating up to a month’s supply of the much needed FFP2 masks. At Merck, we are focused on advancing human progress and continue to provide our resources and full dedication to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Belén Garijo, Member of the Executive Board and CEO Healthcare of Merck

Moreover, Merck is supporting the global fight against Covid-19 through a wide range of actions. For example, the company is cooperating with other pharmaceutical and life science companies as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop, manufacture and provide vaccines, diagnostics and treatment options for Covid-19. Merck is supporting the Jenner Institute in reaching an initial milestone for the industrial production of a potential Covid-19 vaccine. In addition, Merck has set up its own production capacities for disinfectant at its sites in Darmstadt and Wiesbaden, Germany, as well as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Norwood, US, amongst others.

In 2019, the company awarded the Future Insight Prize, a research grant worth up to € 1 million, for superb scientific achievements in the field of pandemic preparedness to Pardis Sabeti from Harvard University and the Broad Institute as well as to James Crowe from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Like many scientists worldwide, they are currently working hard to identify diagnostics and therapeutic options for Covid-19 infections.

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Two additional production halls
Expansion of capacities for the production of consumables



Eppendorf significantly expands capacities for the production of consumables
Picture: Eppendorf

The Eppendorf Group is expanding its production capacity at the Oldenburg in Holstein site in Germany by building two additional production halls. As a result, Eppendorf Polymere GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eppendorf AG, will increase its total capacity by around 30 percent from 2021. A milestone for this targeted expansion was reached May 14, 2020 with the topping-out ceremony for the second hall currently under construction. The first hall has already been completed and will start production operations this month.

In Oldenburg, Eppendorf produces laboratory consumables made of high-quality plastic such as pipette tips and tubes, microtiter plates and single-use bioreactor vessels. Currently, these products are in particularly high demand from diagnostic laboratories and vaccine manufacturers around the world who are researching vaccines against the corona virus or carrying out Sars Cov-2 tests.

“We are registering a steady increase in demand for consumables from Eppendorf. The current global battle against the corona virus is just reinforcing this trend,” says Dr. Wilhelm Plüster, Chief Technology Officer at Eppendorf AG. “With the construction of the two new production halls we are responding to this trend, which has been continuing for years. In addition, sustainability was taken into account in the construction of the buildings.” continues Plüster. The two production halls will be heated and cooled by an existing combined heat and power plant. This will considerably reduce energy consumption.

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Standing Up To Covid-19



SIG has launched a new online story hub, featuring the latest activities and actions the company is taking as part of a global response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. (Picture: SIG)
SIG has launched a new online story hub, featuring the latest activities and actions the company is taking as part of a global response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. (Picture: SIG)

SIG has launched a new online story hub, featuring the latest activities and actions the company is taking as part of a global response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The story hub is now live at and will be updated in the coming weeks and months as the company continues to act and respond to the new Covid-19 reality.

Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, SIG has been taking decisive action in a number of ways as individuals, communities and a global company. This has included immediate actions to protect its employees and customer supply chains, together with various community projects and donations in the regions it operates.

The new story hub has been designed to gather all these global efforts and initiatives into one easy-to-navigate platform with three main story themes: employee stories, food supply stories, and community stories.

Keeping people safe and secure

With health and safety its highest priority, SIG has been working to protect the health and wellbeing of employees across its plants, offices and facilities. This has included everything from immediately enacting a global pandemic preparedness plan and ensuring all employees adhere to the strictest hygiene guidelines, to working remotely when and where possible as well as organising social distance and online workouts.

“The safety of SIG employees is always our highest priority. Around the world, our local teams and task forces are not only following official guidance from all relevant health authorities. They’re often going above and beyond to protect the health and safety of colleagues throughout our plants, offices and facilities,” said Ian Wood, Chief Supply Chain Officer, and Leader of SIG’s Global Corona Response Team.

Ensuring food stays safe and available

In many countries where it has production facilities, SIG is among the businesses defined as critical infrastructure. This means the company can continue providing essential services to society at a time when reliable food supply is more important than ever. And to keep up with the current demand, SIG has been operating at near full capacity to ensure its customers can deliver a continuous supply of food and beverage products to consumers.

“All over the world, businesses have had to quickly change how they work, adhering to lockdowns and social distancing,” added Wood. “For those providing essential services for society, such as food and beverage companies, this has proved particularly challenging. So, at SIG, we’ve been doing everything we can to keep food supply running as normal.”

Serving communities for the better

During Covid-19, SIG has recognised that its contribution to local communities is more important than ever. As a result, the company has been carrying out and supporting a number of additional community projects. This has included donating face masks to hospitals and medical centres, providing essential food and hygiene items to disadvantaged families, and partnering with producers to deliver food and drink products to frontline healthcare workers.

“At SIG, we know the importance of being part of a community. And now more than ever, we need to continue providing community support where and when we can – from helping our healthcare heroes on the frontline to ensuring children in need receive essential food and aid packages during this time of uncertainty,” said Wood.

Read SIG’s Covid-19 stories at:

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Lithium Ion Secondary Battery
Judgment of Patent Infringement Litigation



In August 2018, Asahi Kasei Corporation had filed a patent infringement lawsuit based on the Chinese patent of separator for lithium ion secondary battery (Patent No.: ZL200680046997. 8) owned by Asahi Kasei with the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court. The lawsuit is directed against Shenzhen Xu Ran (旭冉) Electronic Co., Ltd. and Shenzhen Xu Ran (旭然) Electronic Co., Ltd. as joint defendants (hereinafter “Xu Ran Electronic”), two sellers of separator film for lithium ion secondary battery in Shenzhen, China, which act in China as distributors of W-SCOPE Co., Ltd.. With the lawsuit, Asahi Kasei is requiring Xu Ran Electronic to stop selling their “single-layer W-scope” battery separators in China and compensate Asahi Kasei for damages.

It is hereby notified that, the above claims of Asahi Kasei for patent infringement were supported by the court with judgment of April 2020 and Xu Ran Electronic was ordered to stop the sale of the infringing products indicated above and make compensation for the related damages. The judgment of the court is not final and can be appealed by Xu Ran Electronic.

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