Xebec Adsorption has been deemed an “essential business” amidst the coronavirus pandemic and will continue its regular course of operations and manufacturing in Blainville, Québec, the Canadian company said today.

Québec Premier François Legault announced on 23rd March the closure of all non-essential businesses in the province as of yesterday.

Under the provisions of the mandate, Xebec qualifies as an essential business as a supplier of critical equipment and services to key sectors such as energy, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals.

Xebec said it has supplied more than 10,000 pieces of equipment used by organisations at the forefront of the worldwide outbreak.

The company’s industrial service and support business is a key supplier of various types of equipment that are crucial to the operations of essential organisations.

For example, Xebec is a leading supplier of medical air systems with over 100 installations in Québec hospitals and installations in British Columbia, Alberta, and other Canadian Provinces.

Xebec said its manufacturing facilities in Québec are at near full capacity.

“As we navigate through these unprecedented times, Xebec is focused on contributing to the efforts to fight the novel coronavirus while maintaining business continuity,” said Kurt Sorschak, President and CEO of Xebec Adsorption.

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“We all need to do our part in supporting frontline workers who are risking their lives every day to battle the virus and take care of the sick and vulnerable.”

Global operations update

Xebec said its operations in Shanghai, China are fully operational with deliveries having restarted three and a half weeks ago and continue to expand.

Manufacturing in its Italian subsidiary remains on hold and the timeline for restarting has been extended to a later date.

Xebec said it does not expect to restart before mid-April at the earliest.

Similar to its Québec operations, Xebec’s subsidiary Compressed Air International based in Toronto will remain open as an essential business.

Xebec’s recent acquisition, CDA Systems in Livermore, California, has been shut down and is currently only available to provide emergency onsite maintenance and service.