PPE Industry News
PPE: So far this year, very good
New Germany, KZN, SA – In general, our business is up substantially, though I’m not sure where it’s coming from, because many of our customers have downsized their workforces, or even closed.
I’ve tried to analyse it, and I think we’ve picked up new business since North closed. But I think the main reason is that we offer excellent service, good prices and lots of stock, so we’re doing the basics right. And PPE remains a legal requirement.
There are no real issues with imported stock. There are some problems with getting local product on time. With PPE, customers want the product off-the-shelf.
On the footwear side, I’m concerned about the change to the standard, and what that will mean in terms of getting new styles approved. It’s taken the NRCS about 10 years to get existing styles approved, and I think there will be delays and uncertainty about new styles.
UNIDO launches OSH course targeting tanneries
Vienna, Austria - Annually, 28 April is observed as both 'World Day for Safety and Health at Work' and 'International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers', which is why the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) chose that day to launch a new course, Occupational Safety and Health Aspects of Leather Manufacturing (OSHALM).
Full details will be carried in the May issue of S&V African Leather later this week.
PPE resellers hit by closures, retrenchments
Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA - Business "has been showing a slight improvement", said Cedric Zoghby, with his brother Norman, a member of Atlantic Protective Clothing cc. "However, we are going into end-of-year mode, and orders are slowing down."
He said the year overall had been tough. "We sell to smaller businesses," he said, "and many of them have either retrenched staff or have closed down. Many of them are uncertain about next year."
He said supply hadn't been an issue, and where there were problems, their suppliers had given them adequate warning.
"Next year? We always hope next year will be better."
J. Gerdes Uniwear: 'Among the lucky few'
Although the business doesn't carry facemasks, she said sourcing any forms of disposable PPE from South Africa had become more difficult, and they had had to find alternative sources for some products.
Cattell's: 'It's all about service'
Springs, Gauteng – "I can't complain," said Cattell's Industrial Footwear owner Rob Cattell. "January was on par with last year, February was slightly up. This month will be down on last year, because it was in March last year that the first lockdown started."
That good month last March is something of an anomaly, because safety footwear - which is all that Cattell's supplies - isn't PPE that has benefitted from the virus and the various lockdowns.
"I do well because I have the stock," he said, "and I always have the stock. It's all about service. Some other distributors haven't been able to get stock."
It can be a challenge: courtesy of the global shipping logjam, 450 pairs of Caterpillar boots which should have arrived last March have arrived now.
Cattell's sources from 4 suppliers and "90% of our business" is supplying resellers.