Business Update
Matthews response to the COVID-19 Virus

09 June 2020

As a significant supplier to many of Australia’s manufacturing businesses, we are always conscious of the health and wellbeing of our people, customers and the community. We are also mindful that our equipment and consumable products are important to our customers in terms of their business continuity.

Confirmation has been sought and received from the Australian Government via the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) that as an essential supplier to the manufacturing supply chains for food and health, Matthews’ is regarded as providing an essential service. As such we will continue to operate through this time.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we continue to do what we can to maintain a safe working environment for all. From a health and wellbeing perspective, steps we have taken to date include:

  1. Cancellation of all non-critical business travel.
  2. Increased cleaning regimes for all our sites.
  3. Heightened education of staff around maintaining general personal hygiene to the highest possible level at all times.
  4. Provision of hand sanitiser to all technicians visiting customer sites, along with mandated use of gloves.
  5. Stringent site entry requirements for critical visitors and contractors.
  6. All staff who can do so are working from home to mitigate risk.
  7. Remaining staff on-site zoned and practicing social distancing.
  8. Close monitoring of staff health and exclusion of staff who are unwell.
  9. Return to work clearance required from staff who are absent due to illness.
  10. Additional checks with our customers prior to our personnel attending customer sites.

Our ability to supply products and services remains strong and we continue to work closely with all our suppliers globally to ensure continuity of supply.

We continue to closely monitor the situation as it evolves and will keep you informed.

Matthews thanks you in advance for your support in these challenging times – it is important we work together to try and mitigate the risks we face from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kind regards

Matthews Australia

Mark Dingley