ACG implements work from home policy in response to COVID-19

Company takes progressive measures to ensure workforce and public health

ACG offers a wide range of capsules (both gelatin & HPMC)

As a key pharma supply player, ACG is committed to working with its partners to ‘make the world healthier’. This means that of primary concern is the health of all people – around the world and also in its workplace.

So, in light of an escalation in the severity of the coronavirus pandemic – and effective immediately – ACG has mandated that wherever business functions allow, employees around the world should now work from home. ACG is encouraging its staff to make use of all available IT solutions and has committed to covering the associated expenses of working remotely. Furthermore, a company-wide ban on travel has been imposed, and participation at events and exhibitions suspended.

ACG has also taken proactive preventative measures to ensure the safety of factory bound workers, including daily screening with thermal scanners, providing easy access to sanitizers, and regular cleaning of all workspaces and commute buses. A crisis plan has also been developed in case an emergency arises.

In this time of medical crisis, and support of its pharma partners, ACG has reaffirmed its commitment to providing an uninterrupted supply of its products and services, and factories in all locations around the world are working at full capacity. The company has also taken proactive measures to ensure the supply of its raw materials for many months.

On the measures taken to fight COVID-19, Sunil Jha, group chief human resources officer of ACG said, “We are doing everything we possibly can to safeguard the health of our associates and communities, while also ensuring our ability to honor commitments made to pharmaceutical customers in terms of meeting their increased requirements. These are unprecedented times calling for unprecedented measures, and we promise to stand strong alongside all healthcare providers fighting on the front lines of this pandemic.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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