Countries all over the world are fighting against the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Some nations have even imposed nationwide lockdowns that have forced businesses to hold their operations until any further notice. This is affecting almost all industrial sectors.
Karex Bhd in Malaysia, the largest manufacturer of condoms in the world, is also one of those businesses.
This company makes 1 in every 5 condoms globally and stopped productions in its 3 Malaysian factories for more than a week after the government of the country ordered a lockdown in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus.
In this period, Karex Bhd did not manufacture even a single condom, which has resulted in the loss of one hundred million condoms that are generally marketed by known brands like Durex.
The company also supplies to the state aid programs and healthcare systems, including the UN population fund and Britain’s NHS.
Karex Bhd was given permission to keep on production on 27th March under the special exemption for crucial industries.
However, Karex Bhd was allowed to reinstate 50% of its workforce only.
Goh Miah Kiat, the Chief Executive said that it would take some time to jumpstart the factories and they would struggle to match with the demand because of half capacity.
He added that the world might see a worldwide shortage of condoms which would be scary.
He further said that his concern was that for several humanitarian programs in Africa, where this shortage would not be only for 2 weeks of 1 month and could extend for months.
This problem is being faced by condom factories in China as well, where they are either shut down or permitted to work at reduced capacity.
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