Orders of protection panels in acrylic so have exploded, since a week, as the industry struggles to meet the demand. And we are already fears of a shortage of raw materials.
“I’ve never seen such a thing. For the past 10 days, we called all over to buy everything that we can have. And the price never seems to be a problem ! ” was amazed, yesterday, the president of CYB Plastiques, Marc Lachapelle.
Sainte-Justine’s and Couche-Tard
Like the rest of the industry, the SMES of the Saint-Laurent borough has been taken by storm by the multiple orders of shops and hospitals. All are looking for ways to serve their clients while protecting their personnel, by means of acrylic panels, better known under the term ” plexiglass “.
This is also true for the cashiers of grocery stores that for the nurses in the triage of emergency. At the time of our call, Marc Lachapelle came to deliver 60 boxes of containment designed specifically for the CHU Sainte-Justine.
Even pandemonium in Workshop Multifab, Quebec. “Normally, the orders of acrylic make up 5 % to 10 % of our business, said its president, Jean-François Bouchard. But in recent weeks, they are half of our sales. “
Yesterday, Multifab has completed an urgent order from 900 panels of protection for the Power network Couche-Tard in Quebec and New Brunswick. “We will soon see in convenience stores. “
Shortage in sight
The demand is such that the only problem in view seems to be that of the missing already crying with acrylic, a material essential to these panels. As no one manufactures this material in the country, the manufacturers here depend on a handful of manufacturers, mostly american.
In Plastics Piedmont, a distributor of acrylic in Quebec, Gilles Hudon confirms that the need clearly exceeds the import capacity of the distributors here.
“When the Loblaw’s and Sobeys’ purchase, he says, orders of $ 100,000 or more are quickly. “
Sensing the coming shortage, Mr. Lachapelle has been full of acrylic, a few days ago. His warehouse is full. In a week, it is less certain.