Energy crisis 2022

Gas shortage situation in Germany

Status: August, 2022

As we have all learned from the media, there may be a critical supply situation with regard to gas supply in the second half of 2022 and in the coming winter.

Therefore, we would like to inform you here about the state of affairs in our company:

  • We do not have any manufacturing processes in our company that require gas and/or oil directly.
  • We use gas in our company exclusively for the heating of the buildings. Our usage of oil and gas is on a „household“ scale, and therefore, based on federal German legislation, currently not affected by restrictions due to emergency plans.
  • Part of our buildings is heated with liquefied gas. Our liquid gas tank currently has a near-maximum fill level, which will last at least until around January 2023 without any savings measures.
  • In the event of a potentially interrupted gas supply, we could in principle also achieve heating via the air conditioning systems. However, this requires a secure power supply and is uneconomical.
  • We have generally secured our energy requirements through long-term contracts.
  • We have asked our suppliers for statements on the supply situation. Unfortunately, concrete information and reliable statements are currently not available.
  • The situation with our suppliers for raw materials and/or components is beyond our control. However, it can be assumed that especially in the area of raw materials and components, gas and/or oil may well be required for processes. Anyhow, it must also be taken into account that these manufacturing processes may also be located in regions that would not be directly affected by a shortage in Europe.

Increasing our order quantities for components and/or assemblies from our suppliers in order to build up safety stocks within our company is unfortunately only possible to an extremely limited extent in the current situation, or is completely unrealistic.

In general, we ask you for timely placement of your orders. Or to extend your delivery schedule data at least until 12/31/2023. In case of individual requirements we will contact you directly and ask for longer-term material and/or production releases.

Of course, we will keep you informed of any changes in the situation and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.