We've heard a lot about the shortage of bottles and other containers for hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and other cleaning products.
Catherine Kavanaugh has the story from the perspective of machinery makers who found themselves part of a very tight supply chain.
At W. Amsler Equipment Inc. in Bolton, Ontario, orders started pouring in for bottle-making machines in the February to March time frame, CEO Bruce Coxhead said.
"Business went topsy-turvy because of COVID-19," Coxhead said. "I sold two machines from my house on a Saturday night off my shop floor. That's how crazy the market demand went."
The same was true for suppliers to food packaging companies.
"People staying at home are buying more products to cook at home, and many of those come in plastic packaging," R&B Plastics Machinery LLC CEO Fred Piercy said. "Food and personal care applications have increased."
Read more about 2020 from the machinery perspective here.