Dear Party Secretary Wu Qingwen and Chairman Ding Lixin of Suzhou Industrial Park,
This Chinese Spring Festival has become very special in this year due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia. Everyone has to stay at home with no hustle and bustle like in the old government actively encouraged the resumption of production with precise epidemic prevention and control, and introduced a series of preferential policies for enterprises to minimize the economic impact from the epidemic. I share the same feeling when I regularly learn all kinds of information from my Chinese team even as I live far away in Switzerland. Although the epidemic
has gradually spread to other countries I am still full of confidence in China's defeat over the epidemic and China's leading role worldwide in tackling the crisis.
SIG Combibloc, as the global leading supplier of aseptic carton and filling system solution provider, has been providing products which are categorized as "livelihood-concern products"during the
epidemic. Additionally, our Chinese team quickly set up the SIG risk management committee at the very beginning of the epidemic, strictly implementing government instructions of epidemic prevention and control while keeping the production, and we have ensured no confirmed case occurred in our plants until today. On the fifth day of CNY, Member of the Standing Committee of Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee, Party Secretary of Suzhou Municipal Committee Lan Shaomin and his team accompanied by you visited SIG Combibloc Suzhou, provided valuable
instructions on the implementation of epidemic prevention and controlling policy in SIG Combibloc Suzhou, and made corresponding arrangements for the problems we were encountering. The leaders of Investment Promotion Bureau and CSSD proactively contacted us in the next week as close follow up solve practical problems such as blocked logistics transportation and commuting shuttle bus operations. During the epidemic period, the government also took great initiative to coordinate the labor and electricity power problems for the SIG's third Asia-Pacific plant with the construction started last November, which accomplished a smooth work resumption for the first batch on February 2. There is too much support from government like this to mention all of it here! Therefore, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Suzhou Industrial Park Management Committee and the leaders who are caring about the development of SIG Combibloc Suzhou on behalf of the board and senior management of SIG Combibloc Group!
SIG Combiloc's business will be impacted in the first half of 2020 influenced by the epidemic. Our risk management committee has still immediately approved a donation of RMB 1 million for the
prevention and control of epidemic, among which, RMB 500,000 was remitted to the Charity Association account of Suzhou Industrial Park on January 30, and another RMB 500,000 was recently used to purchase Yili and Mengniu products for Wuhan shortly. Rainbow comes after a storm and we are fully convinced that the Chinese government has the ability and perseverance to overcome the epidemic, and the Chinese market is still full of potential for the long run!
Once again, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to you and extend our invitation to you to visit our headquarters in Switzerland when the epidemic is over, continuing our successful cooperation and win-win development!
CEO, SIG Combibloc Group