התעשייה הגרמנית בתקופת הקורונה

התעשייה הגרמנית ממשיכה לפעול ולייצר במסגרת המגבלות הקיימות במהלך המשבר. כאשר ענפי הפארמה, המזון והציוד הרפואי נמצאים בחזית המאבק ואף הגדילו את הייצור.

מזון וחקלאות

"סופרמרקטים בגרמניה לא ניסגרו ולא נראה שיהיו בעיות בייצור מזון" הצהירה שרת החקלאות הגרמנית ג'וליה קלקנר. בינתיים, ברמה האירופית, גורמים רשמיים מחפשים דרכים לפשט את הובלות המזון בין הגבולות.

למרות מגיפת ה- COVID-19, גרמניה לא תחווה פער באספקת המזון או בעליית המחירים. זה היה המסר ששרת החקלאות ג'וליה קלקנר (CDU) שנשלחה במסיבת העיתונאים שהתקיימה לאחרונה בברלין .

היא הוסיפה כי סקטור החקלאות ממשיך לפעול כרגיל ולא היו צווארי בקבוק במזון בסיסי, בשרשראות האספקה ​​או במזון לבעלי חיים. גם רשתות האספקה ​​החוצות גבולות נשארות על כנה.

"אספקת המזון בשבועות ובחודשים הקרובים מאובטחת", אמר יואכים רוקוויד, נשיא איגוד החקלאים הגרמני (DBV), שנכח אף הוא. גרמניה מספקת את עצמה באספקת מרבית המזונות הבסיסיים, הדגיש. דרגת ההסתפקות העצמית בחיטה היא 117%, לתפוחי אדמה 148% ולמזון לבעלי חיים 119%.

להלן סבב ידיעות חדשותיות בנושא השפעות על התעשיות הגרמניות הגדולות ביותר במדד DAX:

Here is a round of news with impacts on some of the biggest German Industries in the  DAX index:

SAP

SAP is quickly developing the reporting portal for a corona return campaign. Old system was not suitable – software company stepped in – new system was created in 23 hours.
new registration portal to bring German citizens stranded abroad back home via an airlift. It is already online at www.rueckholprogramm.de.

Allianz

The insurer Allianz is reacting to the current corona problem and has set up a free medical telephone service for customers in the field of private health insurance. This should be available to customers with questions and advice on the corona virus.
The service is mapped under the APKV service "Doc on Call". Customers could call there around the clock. This also applies to customers with additional policies. "Doc on Call" is a component of the health insurer's offer and is intended to provide guidance to the insured in the current precarious situation. In addition, the medical practices could be relieved. Customers can find the offer in the Allianz health app.

Siemens

Siemens is opening its 3D printing network to enable the rapid production of parts and spare parts for medical devices needed in the corona crisis. It is an international trading platform for 3D printing capacities that connects different companies. Siemens is now making 120 printers available there for needs in connection with the corona crisis. Other companies that are already on the platform could follow. Siemens also offers the help of its engineers. For example, if a doctor needed a ventilator spare part that was not available, they might be able to print it. Larger quantities are also conceivable if, for example, special parts were missing for the manufacture of respirators or breathing masks.
Siemens is opening its 3D printing network to enable the rapid production of parts and spare parts for medical devices needed in the corona crisis.

Bayer


According to recent study results, the active ingredient chloroquine could act against the coronavirus. According to the daily newspaper "Die Welt", the drug chloroquine will be tested against corona diseases in the coming week.  Chloroquine, which is actually used against malaria, apparently also works against numerous viruses – including SARS-CoV-2.  And apparently, the active ingredient has already been shown to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 in Chinese clinical studies.  The drug chloroquine has been marketed for over 60 years by the Leverkusen-based pharmaceutical and agrochemical company Bayer under the name Resochin.

BASF


Hand disinfectants are currently very difficult to get. Therefore, the chemical company BASF in Schwarzheide is planning production in response to bottlenecks in the corona crisis. BASF is already producing the appropriate funds at the group headquarters in Ludwigshafen. The rbb had previously reported. BASF-Schwarzheide wants to produce disinfectants for the regional environment. The company was therefore in exchange with the crisis team of the state and the district to create a priority list for the need for disinfection protection.

Adidas

Adidas no longer wants to pay rent for its stores. It is more than questionable that one of the most valuable brands in the world is no longer liquid enough to meet its obligations. Adidas in Germany will cause some landlords serious difficulties, provoke imitators and trigger a cascade of non-payment.

Deutsche Telekom


Deutsche Telekom has announced that, in response to the increasing spread of the new type of corona virus in Germany, additional data volume will be made available free of charge to all mobile customers. From now on, until further notice, all mobile phone customers who have booked one of the Magenta tariffs will receive an additional 10 gigabytes of data volume per month. In addition, they want to give all private customers the opportunity to use the Disney + service free of charge for six months.

Daimler


The car manufacturer Daimler has applied for short-time work for a large part of its employees due to the corona crisis. The board of directors and the general works council of the company had decided that. The short-time work should come into force on April 6th and for the time being until April 17th. The company is responding to the drop in demand. The measure therefore affects a large part of the production and selected administrative areas, both car, van and commercial vehicle plants in Germany. Necessary basic functions as well as future topics and strategic projects are excluded. The specific form of short-time work is now regulated in local company agreements, which would be concluded together with the works council. Therefore, there are still no concrete figures, said a company spokeswoman.

Volkswagen


Volkswagen has decided to extend the production break by four days. It is valid until April 9th. Around 80,000 VW employees in Germany receive short-time work allowance, which the company increases from the normal 60 or 67 percent (for employees with children) of the net wage to almost 100 percent. These supplements are based on collective agreements. For around 80,000 Volkswagen AG employees, an extension of short-time work is being applied for, it was said. It is planned to end the short-time work with the night shift from April 9 to April 10.

BMW


BMW also wants to use its own company agreements for short-time work.  Other instruments are the use of working time accounts and the possibility of working from home.

Henkel

Henkel has announced a "global solidarity program" in the fight against the corona virus. This should benefit employees, customers and communities affected by the pandemic, according to a statement. Accordingly, Henkel is donating two million euros to various aid funds and organizations to help fight the pandemic.  The company has also announced that it will donate five million personal and household hygiene products worldwide. These include hand disinfectants, soap and protective equipment as well as detergents, disinfectants and other household cleaners. They also plan to manufacture disinfectants at selected locations themselves. The products are intended to help public institutions and professional groups in the fight against the corona virus. Henkel also plans to examine how smaller and medium-sized hair salons can offer improved payment terms.

EON

Eon is taking radical measures to rule out a risk to the power supply. Employees would soon go into a kind of voluntary quarantine – close to their workplaces and possibly without contact with the outside world.  For example, to protect against infection, the teams in the network centers would be separated. The employees there are even ready to “live and work under barrack-like solutions,”

Fresenius

Fresenius is concerned that the situation in the coronavirus crisis will worsen.  In Germany, Europe's largest private hospital group operates 86 hospitals under the Helios brand. They are currently treating a "low three-digit number" of patients suffering from Covid-19. Almost 1,000 of the approximately 28,000 intensive care beds in Germany are currently in the Helios clinics. "We may not be able to double the number, but we will increase it considerably," said Sturm. "We are working on converting operating rooms to intensive care units as needed and are trying to purchase additional ventilators." In addition, the group can move personnel and equipment to where the need is greatest in the event of a crisis, said Sturm. Hygiene items such as masks and gloves are sufficiently available. "We ordered and received relatively large quantities relatively early on. I don't see any bottlenecks at the moment," said Sturm.

Lufthansa


Lufthansa and Eurowings are introducing additional regulations to ensure the physical distance between passengers during their trip. From March 27, 2020, neighboring seats on board in Economy Class and Premium Economy Class will be blocked on all flights from Germany and remain free. This also applies to domestic German flights. This rule does not apply to flights to Germany because the return of as many people as possible to their home country has top priority. In addition, all Lufthansa and Eurowings flights at domestic German airports will now only be positioned at building positions wherever this is possible due to the existing airport infrastructure and official regulations. This is how passengers should avoid bus trips. Where this is not possible in the short term, twice as many buses have been used for a few days as usual.

Beiersdorf


The Hamburg-based cosmetics group Beiersdorf has donated 6,000 liters of disinfectant to the Hamburg fire brigade and the University Medical Center Eppendorf (UKE). Due to the shortage caused by the corona crisis, the company announced last week that it would start producing disinfectant solutions in Hamburg-Eimsbüttel, in Waldheim in Saxony and in Tres Cantos near Madrid. The first 500 tons are to be donated to public institutions and emergency services.


Pharmaceutical giants join forces against Covid-19


Leading manufacturers want to ensure that suitable medicines can be developed more quickly. Novartis and Merck are included. A new alliance of leading pharmaceutical companies is forming in the fight against the new corona virus. 15 international manufacturers want to join forces to advance the development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tools. The group includes Novartis (Switzerland), Sanofi (France), Glaxo-Smithkline (Great Britain) and the US companies Eli Lilly, Merck & Co, Johnson & Johnson and Gilead. From Germany there are Boehringer Ingelheim and Merck KGaA from Darmstadt. First, the companies want to open and share their internal molecular databases for external use. This is a remarkable step, as these are one of the treasures of every pharmaceutical company. But the main thing is to bundle molecules and active ingredients that have already shown a certain effectiveness in the treatment of the lung disease Covid-19 – and that have an initial safety profile. The latter is crucial for the rapid use of active ingredients and combinations. Because before new medicines and vaccines can be used, it is not only necessary to prove their effectiveness. The possible side effects must also be clear, especially if some agents are used at the same time.

Drägerwerk AG & Co.

Dräger received an order for 10,000 ventilators from the German government. The delivery of the order will stretch across the entire year and requires a substantial increase of the production capacity in Lübeck. In addition, Dräger will deliver personal protection equipment for hospital staff to the German government. Both will help to assure the functionality of the health care system in the case of a further spreading of the Corona virus. The orders will have a positive effect on Dräger's economic situation and earnings. Currently, the magnitude of the effect on the company after considering all associated costs and risks cannot yet be safely assessed.

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