Japanese materials manufacturers have capitalized on demand for physical barriers in what they call sneeze guards. The essential operations sectors such as banks, retailers, and local governments have been working to produce secure plastic separators for client counters and of course for cash registers. This is great news for makers of acrylic and vinyl chloride, which until recently had lost order flow do to the construction slump.
One chemical producer said that they can have sufficient production equipment, to keep up with orders of sneeze guards. “We can provide sufficient supplies of sneeze guard materials,” said a company representative. The convenience store operator FamilyMart has ordered 30,000 vinyl sheets for locations around the country, as barriers are used in officers.
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings has seen a jump of 30% in orders for plastic separators, compared to a year earlier. Production facilities in central Japan, the city of Toyama are rushing to ramp up output. Asahi Glass as it was known, now called AGC, has began selling polycarbonate sheets for use as sneeze guards. Robust demand has pushed plant hours in the Aichi Prefecture plant by 50%. Living in Japan we see these sneeze guards everywhere where money exchanges hands or checkout counters are servicing clients.