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Japan's sneeze guard makers reap bonanza from pandemic

AGC ramps up output 50% as partition demand surges

AGC's polycarbonate sheets turn unprotected office desks into sneeze-blocking cubicles. (Photo courtesy of the company)

TOKYO -- Japanese materials manufacturers have capitalized on demand for physical barriers to the new coronavirus, such as sneeze guards.

Retailers, banks and local governments, deemed essential operations, have been scrambling to secure plastic separators for client counters and cash registers. This spells good news for makers of acrylic and vinyl chloride, which have lost sales as orders from the construction industry slump.

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