The spread of Covid-19, caused by the corona virus, poses challenges for companies all over the world. On the one hand, contacts between people must be reduced as far as possible; on the other, business operations, especially in production, must continue to run efficiently. That is why circular knitting machine manufacturer Mayer & Cie. is now producing its circular knitting and braiding machines by working in two shifts. A half-hour break between shifts prevents groups of employees from meeting. The administration is also pursuing a two-part strategy, with half of the staff handling day-to-day business at the office and the other half working from home, switching on a weekly basis. Break rooms and the canteen are closed, with the canteen currently offering only take-away fare. Business travel has been cancelled for the time being and external visitors are no longer allowed onto the company’s premises.
“We are pleased that everyone concerned is so flexible and that we can continue to operate in these difficult circumstances,” says Benjamin Mayer, one of the family firm’s managing directors. Orders are (still) on the books. After a lengthy dry spell, business recovered a little in the first few months of the year, as evidenced by the regional chamber of industry and commerce’s figures. In addition, Mayer & Cie. has benefited in the circular knitting machine sector from a desire for shorter supply chains. “In recent weeks in particular,” Benjamin Mayer says, “we have received many orders from Turkey.” The company can still fulfil its order commitments reliably because there have so far been no outages – neither among suppliers nor in shipping machines.
Nevertheless, there can be no telling what lies ahead. As Benjamin Mayer says, “the horizon currently extends no further than the next day”.
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