In the meantime, our focus has clearly shifted from the CORONA pandemic to the war in Ukraine. But even after the summer of 2022, the CORONA pandemic continues to occupy us intensively. Due to the continued work of our COVID19 crisis team and the responsible behavior of our employees, all of our departments remain operational. Numerous employees are working from home offices. We conduct the majority of our meetings, including internal ones, via video.
What measures have been taken Rheintacho-inside for protection?
The RHEINTACHO Group has taken a variety of measures to protect both employees and business partners to ensure business operations. It is important for us to provide our employees, customers and business partners with as much information as possible. By setting up an interdisciplinary working group, we aim to achieve rapid communication and implementation of adopted measures.
We maintain strict hygiene measures at a consistently high level. We provide comprehensive, continuously updated information on measures to prevent infections. These include strict hygiene and behavioural guidelines, general travel bans and the almost complete abandonment of face-to-face meetings.
At the end of March, we issued rapid antigen tests to all our employees in order to detect any infections as quickly as possible and to interrupt the chains of infection immediately. Our staff are encouraged to test themselves independently 2x per week.
Will RHEINTACHO employees continue to visit customers and suppliers?
Yes, we carry out visits in consultation with suppliers and customers. E.g. to carry out quality audits. For example, we also visit trade fairs again (Logimat, Bauma).
All our employees are encouraged to check presence appointments for their meaningfulness against the background of the reduction of personal contacts.
We have switched many of our direct contacts with customers, suppliers and other external partners to digital media and have been extremely positively surprised by technical availability and acceptance. This aspect is one of the very few positive points of this global crisis.
Do we receive visitors?
We do not receive unannounced visitors. Unannounced visitors will not be received. Face-to-face visit appointments are resumed when it makes sense for the efficient fulfillment of tasks. Where possible, all direct contact will be switched to alternative, digital means (telephone, Skype, etc.) or postponed to later times. In addition, physical contact (e.g., handshakes) is avoided. In general, masks are mandatory at meetings in our company.
Current economic situation
After an extreme slump in sales and order intake, we were able to record an extremely positive recovery in 2021. This resulted in us closing 2021 with the best sales in the company's history. As this strong recovery is taking place globally in certain industries, the impact is not all good news. We have extremely tight supply chains and building capacity both at our end and with key suppliers is proving challenging. The adherence to COVID distance rules in workplace design and and other protective measures are absolutely understandable and we accept or support these as well. However, these are aggravating in terms of increasing capacity. Our sales staff keep in close contact with our customers, and similarly our purchasing colleagues with suppliers.
Due to the particular dynamics (both in business development and, unfortunately, in infection), we are monitoring all developments and possible consequences for our business very closely. Should the situation change, we will contact the affected customers directly.