Cerva Bohemia is suspending production at its Kvetna glassworks on Friday due to coronavirus related supply chain issues.
“Up to 99 percent of our production goes to export. We supply goods to warehouses that are now closed due to coronavirus worldwide. We have orders, but we have no place to deliver the goods,” director of the glassworks Marek Miklas said. Cerva Bohemia exports to Austria, Germany, Italy, and Spain, which have been hit harder by the pandemic than the Czech Republic.
The glassworks also recently lost four glassmakers commuting from Slovakia due to the border restrictions. “They can’t cross the border. If they do, they’ll immediately quarantine,” Miklas said. The interruption will last at least two months.
The employees of the glassworks will stay at home and receive between 60 to 100 percent of their wages. “We need state support, we cannot do it ourselves,” the director said.
The glassworks employs over 100 people. The company reported revenue of CZK 71.9 million and a loss of CZK 24.2 million in 2018. The company has not released results for 2019.