Italian materials supplier Radici Group, says it "ensures its customer and suppliers worldwide full operativity" although its headquarters is based in the Lombardy region of the country, one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy.
The national government in Italy has now taken a drastic step in a final attempt to contain the spread of the virus, imposing a quarantine Lombardy and more than a dozen other provinces in neighboring regions, including the cities of Parma, Modena, Padua and Venice. Radici is based in Bergamo, which is near Milan.
The lockdown of an area that is home to some 16 million people came as the number of confirmed cases in the country rose to over 7,375 during the weekend of March 7-8. Already, at least 366 people have died.
Radici Group stressed in a news release that its operations are running in full compliance with the strict new quarantine rules imposed by the government. The company has adopted all precautions laid down by the authorities to enable the work at the production sites to continue "safely."
In addition, the Italian government said March 8 that "any applicability of the measure to the transit and transport of goods and to the entire production chain from and to the indicated areas is excluded."
The new provisions, Radici said in a March 9 news release, therefore allow for the unrestricted movement of goods entering and leaving Italy, as well as of goods handled inside the country, so regular delivery of products can continue.
Radici makes specialty chemicals including nylon 6 and 6/6.