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CORONAVIRUS Some positive news stories on how our industry is coming together to tackle this challenge - Rachel Tucker, Editor ing together to tackle this challenge - Rachel Tucker, FTA L T TA LAUNCHES CO


o help the logistics sector keep Britain moving and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, FTA, the business group which represents the industry, has launched a unique free web portal.


The portal, which can be found at www.fta.co.uk/coronavirus, provides visitors with an overview of essential information and advice for the industry, the support provided by FTA, and the business group’s asks of government at such a critical time.


“Logistics as a sector is resilient and adaptable,” explains Elizabeth de Jong, FTA’s Policy Director, “but with the challenges ahead, it is vital that we keep our members as informed as possible so they can plan effectively and keep the UK’s supply chain secure. FTA is committed to ensuring the industry is in the best possible shape to tackle any problems encountered in the coming weeks, and we hope that this portal provides all the information operators need to keep Britain trading.”


In addition to links to important government and industry advice, the portal will include the latest information from FTA’s unique Coronavirus Logistics


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Impact Survey, which will provide an ongoing snapshot of confidence across the sector and highlight particular industry concerns. FTA’s asks of government at such a critical time can also be viewed, as well as details of support services which the organisation can provide to businesses, including those tackling compliance issues or the provision of a rapid strategic supply chain review.


“With so much uncertainty affecting trading conditions, the main focus for FTA in the coming weeks will be protecting the supply chain,” continues Ms de Jong. “We know that the UK has one of the strongest supply chains in the world, and our focus is ensuring that its resilience can be maintained. The coming weeks will pose the biggest challenge our industry has faced for many years, but FTA will be doing whatever it can to support one of the nation’s most important industries.” FTA


www.fta.co.uk/conoravirus


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s countries worldwide face the challenge of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, Ultimaker is making its global network


of 3D printing hubs, experts, and designers directly available to hospitals in need of tools and applications that are short in supply and can be quickly produced with 3D printing. Through Ultimaker.com, hospitals can now learn the location of available 3D printing hubs nearby. And direct contact is offered with Ultimaker and local 3D printing experts and designers to advise and support on creating and obtaining the parts they need most.


Ultimaker has launched the following initiatives on Ultimaker.com:


Connect and Print: Hospitals that face acute shortages of critical parts and that have approved 3D print designs and material specifications already available can directly connect with 3D printing experts nearby to send their 3D print requests to be printed.


capacity available as well. A continuously updated map shows which 3D printing hubs are available nearby.





Design, Check, and Print: If a hospital needs help designing parts and tools that run out and are now in limited supply, Ultimaker is making a team of highly motivated designers and application


engineers available to support in designing and creating the desired part. This part is printed by the nearest 3D print hub and sent to the hospital as soon as possible. After testing and receiving approval of the hospital, the part is available for further 3D printed production.


“Hospital equipment parts might break or hospitals may run out of particular tools, for example,” said Siert Wijnia, Co-founder at Ultimaker. “We are proud to see the 3D printing community come together to immediately print


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approved designs of objects that hospitals need right now. We hope these initiatives will help all hospitals understand where 3D printers, knowledge, and materials are available, so hospital staff can focus on what matters most: saving lives.”


“3D printing can make a difference,” added Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker. “We therefore invite all available 3D printing hubs equipped with Ultimaker 3D printers to make themselves visible through Ultimaker.com to accelerate the production of approved 3D printed parts, where they’re needed, when they’re needed. By unlocking the power of our network to support 3D print initiatives for hospitals worldwide, I am left humbled and honoured to be able to contribute in this challenging situation.”


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