Covid-19: KraussMaffei closes German sites; StackTeck remains open to serve medical sector

 KraussMaffei closes German sites

Given the far reach of the Covid-19 virus in Europe, Germany-headquartered machinery firm KraussMaffei has decided to close its German sites in Munich, Treuchtlingen, Hanover and Schwaig. Meanwhile, its Slovakian site in Sucany will close temporarily in weeks 14 and 15 and probably in week 16, it added.

During the plant closure, production, assembly and delivery of the completed machines will be discontinued for the period mentioned.

Netstal, a company of the group, that has a plant in Näfels, Switzerland, is excluded from the closure.

Meanwhile, in Canada, Ontario-based tooling specialist StackTeck says it will “remain open and committed to serve the medical and food packaging sectors”. StackTeck remains open to serve medical sector It says it reached this decision following talks with the government of Ontario that has deemed StackTeck’s business as essential and necessary.

In order to provide a safe work environment for its employees, StackTeck says it has adopted social distancing measures while increasing cleaning activities throughout the facility, as well as managing a shift of 50% of engineering and sales team members to work from home.

“We are following the Government of Canada and Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines, while communicating regular reminders to stay safe, wash hands, and maintain distance. The safety of StackTeck team members remains the paramount consideration at all times,” it said in a statement.

StackTeck remains open to serve medical sector

It has also made donations of N95 masks from its inventory to its local police force and advanced delivery of projects for moulding components used in Covid-19 testing kits with highest possible priority.

According to Vince Travaglini, President/CEO,  “When you ask everybody to change how they do their job, it’s a significant challenge to keep our large mouldmaking facility humming, while addressing the daily issues that naturally come up.  It’s been a lot of hard work for our people, and I’m proud of how everyone has reacted and changed how we work in a short time.  As a team, we have shown unrelenting support to our customers, despite ongoing and ever increasing stresses brought on by events in the daily news.”


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