06. May 2020
Update: May 06, 2020
South Africa and India: National lockdown lifted
After a temporary nationwide lockdown, we are pleased that both our locations in South Africa and India have reopened and that GKD is therefore globally operational again.
Current Status Quo
GKD is highly diversified and supplies to a large number of industrial sectors, which means that we are currently not as badly affected by the corona crisis as others. In sectors currently in greater demand, such as food production and the manufacturing of nonwovens, GKD products continue to play an important role in the supply chain. In other industries, such as the automotive sector, the economic effects are becoming increasingly visible.
Despite the restrictions imposed, we are able to maintain our production and service even in these difficult times and remain fully available to our customers and partners. In addition, strategic projects are being driven forward and processes optimized. We are doing what we can to position ourselves in the best possible way for the future and for you.
Our corona crisis team was set up very early on. Every day, we analyze the situation on the basis of the latest available information, make necessary decisions and implement measures.
COVID-19 diseases at GKD
As early as February, we introduced guidelines and regulations in order to provide our employees with the best possible protection, while at the same time keeping our business running. With the help of our new intranet, the decisions and measures taken by the crisis management team can be communicated very quickly and transparently to all employees.
The health and safety of our employees is always our top priority. At GKD, there are currently only two people infected with COVID-19 – one at our headquarters in Germany and one at our site in the USA. Both are on their way to complete recovery. We can assume that, in both incidents, no further infections have occurred in the company.
Update: March 26, 2020
GKD strictly follows the guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization and the local governmental health bodies in the locations where we operate. We have implemented strict procedures to minimize employee contact, increase social distancing and have implemented disinfection of our facilities on a continuous basis. We appreciate the commitment of all our employees, and we can assure you that we are committed to their health, safety and economic success.
GKD is considered an “essential” business in most of the countries we are operative in, as we provide products that are essential to our customers’ processes. These processes include the Filtration of Food Products, Chemicals, Oil/Gas and meshes for the Defense industry; Process Belts for the Bonding of Nonwovens for Medical Filtration and Hygiene, Food Processing and Filtration and Dewatering by Municipalities; and Architectural Mesh for Safety and Security in Architecture.
GKD will continue our manufacturing and services as long as we meet the official local guidelines. This holds true for our headquarters and primary weaving operation in Germany as well as our subsidiaries around the world. As of today, March 26, we are fully operational in Germany, the US, Chile and China. Our facilities in South Africa and India are currently closed due to temporary nation-wide lockdown. We are doing everything in our power to ensure continued deliveries to all customers around the world.
With regards to our supply, our products are woven from wire sourced from qualified vendors on multiple continents. Again, you can be assured that we understand how important our products are to your process and the continuity of your operations are of our utmost concern.
We thank you for your continued business and we look forward to working with you in partnership to navigate through these unprecedented times. We will continue to monitor all developments and will keep you informed of any changes.
Dr. Stephan Kufferath & Ingo Kufferath