During the evening of January 19, 2021, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the new regulations on the pandemic. Restrictions are on-going, with the lockdown in Germany being extended until February 14, 2021. Experts from science, medicine and research had met in an advisory committee and finally, a result was communicated from the federal government. Chancellor Angela Merkel appeals to companies to let their employees back to the home office more. “It’s tough,” Merkel says, “What we have to expect people to do once again. But we have to take the situation into account. To protect people and also to protect the economy.”
The FEIBP held its annual General Assembly as a virtual meeting on October 15, 2020, and Peter Langenegger (Ebnat AG, Switzerland) stepped down as president after serving a three-year term. Andrew McIlroy of Perlon GmbH was welcomed as the new president and is the first president to represent the suppliers’ section of the federation. McIlroy is well-known and much respected for his commitment to the FEIBP and has been a board member for many years. He is the sales and marketing director at Perlon and will serve a two-year term as president.
Perlon®-Group CEO, Florian Kisling who has been the voluntary community fire inspector for Münster in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district for many years, hands over the masks to the deputy district fire inspector Matthias Maurer-Hardt.
Through its global network, the Perlon®-Group is supporting the procurement measures of the volunteer fire service in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district south of Hesse, Germany, by donating 2,400 KN 95 protective masks. This protective equipment will be put to good use by the volunteer service that covers 23 towns and communities in the area.
Perlon®, a Serafin Group company, continues to produce its quality filaments at all five sites for customers in the current challenging climate. Production in China has been operating as normal since the beginning of March after having to be temporarily halted due to the spread of COVID-19 in that area. Production is now back up to 100%.
Production in Germany at Perlon® sites in Munderkingen (Baden-Wuerttemberg), Bobingen (Bavaria) and Wald-Michelbach (Hesse) as well the US is continuing to run without any constraints. Therefore all sites are working to full capacity to fulfill all customer orders. In particular, the paper machine clothing area has had an increase in sales which offsets a reduced demand in other areas such as automotive.
Perlon posted the following statement on March 17, 2020 from Frank Winkes and Ralf Hellinger, Vice Presidents, Sales & Marketing, Perlon Group:
Perlon produces quality filaments at five sites on three continents for its customers and operates a strategy of acting globally but producing locally while sourcing where possible from local suppliers. In times like this in which familiar delivery networks have come to a halt, this strategy is paying dividends. At the time of writing (March 17, 2020), we can report that all of our sites are operating normally and at full capacity on fulfilling customer and stock orders. There are currently no supply shortages of our raw materials nor do we foresee any in the short term. We have proactively planned and are keeping our stock levels high to enable us to optimally offset any possible temporary supply disruption of any of our suppliers.
The 61st FEIBP Congress held in Lucerne, Switzerland, wrapped up this past Saturday and our European correspondent Katharina Goldbeck-Hoerz answered a few quick questions on the success of the event. Her full report will be in the next issue of Brushware.
What was your favorite segment from the Congress?
The theme “Together We Are Stronger” weaved like a red thread through the congress. That them tied into worldwide trade, the procurement of raw materials and the manufacturing of products as well as the development of machines. The content of the working groups – as well as the lectures of the main speakers – encouraged the participants of the congress in spontaneously formed working groups to act with the following topics: