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Textile manufacturers are doing all they can to ensure that people keep a safe distance in supermarkets

Julia Bernert

Published on 03.04.2020

Keeping your distance is currently the best way of demonstrating to others that you have their welfare at heart. This is pretty easy to do if you are working from home but is quite another matter if you work in a supermarket. Several textile manufacturers from Hochdahl and Erkrath have come together and set up the initiative, “Abstand halten”, i.e. “Keep your distance”.

The company behind the project is textile printer Crastec, which is donating around 300 T-shirts with the striking slogan “Keep Your Distance” to Edeka supermarket employees in Hochdahl and Rewe employees in Erkrath in the district of Mettmann. The textile finishing company wants to make its own personal contribution to protecting retail employees from becoming infected with the corona virus.

Textile manufacturer Promodoro initially made 200 T-shirts for the campaign free of charge. This inspired other sponsors to announce that they would be sponsoring the T-shirt campaign too. Specialist supplier Lockamp has provided the textile printers with the necessary transfer presses. Bleher Folientechnik is providing foils for creating screen print transfers, while the screen printing ink manufacturer CHT is sponsoring water-based screen printing inks. PromoTex Expo exhibitor Kammann Spezialmaschinen is also making printing capacity available on its Turbotran transfer printing machine so that more T-shirts can be made available for people working in the retail trade in the Bünde region in Herford.

The mayor of Erkrath, Christoph Schultz, welcomes the “Anstand & Abstand” (Decency & Distance) campaign, while deputy mayor Sabine Lahnstein, who also works in Erkrath in an honorary capacity, also vigorously supports the campaign. The T-shirts are being produced with water-based screen print transfers which are printed onto the T-shirts using the Turbotran transfer printing machine. The first employees have already received their printed T-shirts.