Companies in China’s lubricant industry are striving to continue delivering products to clients during stringent government lockdowns – imposed in a number of cities because of a surge of Omicron coronavirus cases – but it is not a cakewalk.
The Chinese subsidiary of German lubricant marketer Fuchs Petrolub SE posted an open letter to customers recently that sheds light on problems that companies are facing. “Lockdowns, supply chain uncertainties and soaring logistics costs all posed unprecedented challenges to us,” read the letter. Fuchs China is based in Shanghai, China’s financial hub and the epicenter of the current outbreak. The metropolis is in its fifth week of lockdown.
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Fuchs has two lubricant manufacturing plants in China. One facility is in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, which is also under lockdown. The second is in Yingkou, Liaoning province, which started to ease restrictions in mid-April after a monthlong lockdown.