Chinese masks continue to arrive, in large quantities certainly, but in great struggle. At Robé Médical, one of the main online sales sites for medical equipment, located in Saint-Étienne-Lès-Remiremont (Vosges), we are expecting the delivery of a million masks shortly, after two shipments of a total of 1.5 million units.
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“Imports from China have become even more complicated since recently the country has imposed approvals on products such as masks, protective glasses, gloves, with filtration tests for example. The first Chinese manufacturer of masks had to change its boxes, its instructions… It is undoubtedly positive, but immediately it slows down the arrivals “, Comments Antoine Chonion, the leader.
After the masks, the gloves
His trading company is receiving more and more product offerings dedicated to the coronavirus – especially from Asia and Eastern Europe – not having all the certifications, or sometimes none. ” We are no longer paying attention to it and we are focusing on our usual suppliers ”
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After the shortage of masks, the head of the company fears the shortage of gloves, made in Malaysia: his stocks are at the lowest. However, there is more concern about the hydroalcoholic gel. In addition to sourcing from an artisanal distiller, he ordered from a local e-cigarette manufacturer. “It is based on the WHO recipe and offers a product with cellulose, which is non-viscous, without the microplastics of the gels. This is better for the environment. He has already delivered 20,000 100 ml bottles to us. ”
” We are expecting for this week 5,000 fabric blouses that we had made in France and Tunisia, add Antoine Chonion. We put on sale makeshift overcoats this weekend made by a manufacturer of plastic trash bags” System D, “to help out”, which Antoine Chonion does not wish to develop. ” I also instructed the person in charge of purchasing and sourcing not to go overboard in getting by … “.
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But discovering all these actors who did not usually produce for the health sector fascinates him: “ I hope we will continue at least with some of them. “