Covid-19: Engel closes all its Austrian plants

Covid-19: Engel closes all its Austrian plants

Austrian injection moulding machinery firm Engel has stopped production at all its Austrian plants until 15 April. The reason for this, the firm says, is the overall rapidly increasing number of new infections in the region.

The closure includes the headquarters factory in Schwertberg, the large machine plant in St. Valentin and the robot plant in Dietach.

“With the plant closings, Engel wants to help slow the spread of the virus,” it said in a statement.

To-date, Engel says six of its employees have tested positive.

Engel has been posting updates and on 17 March, it had said, “Overall, the number of new infections in Austria continues to rise strongly, which requires further measures.”

It added that in close coordination with the health team and the employee representatives, the Engel management decided to extend the closure of the parent plant in Schwertberg until 15 April. In addition, both in the large machine plant in St. Valentin and in the robot plant in Dietach, production, manufacturing and assembly will be interrupted until 15 April.

“We are in contact with all affected colleagues. They are at home and, depending on the circumstances, they are doing well or are already on the mend,” said the company.

It added, “The health and safety of our employees and their families are top priorities.”

Sales, service including the hotline and spare parts department as well as application technology are still available to Engel customers worldwide.


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