Schréder temporarily suspends production at 4 European factories, all other activities remain operational

With COVID-19 officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, we have been putting global measures into place to protect our 2,600 employees worldwide, our customers and our communities, while making the best efforts to ensure continuity in business activities and customer service.

Last week, we took the proactive decision to have all our commercial teams, and all other employees who can, work remotely.

Today, due to the rapidly changing situation in all countries, to minimise health risks and to help local authorities stop the spread of COVID-19, we decided to temporarily suspend production in 4 of our European factories, namely Spain, France, Hungary and Portugal, until 5th April.

This will be reviewed on a weekly basis and we are confident that you will agree this is the right action to support the global fight against COVID-19.

We will use this time to organise our supply chain to be fully operational when we reopen.

Our factories in China, South Africa and Ukraine will remain operational. We will continue to monitor the on-going developments and will re-evaluate our plans accordingly.

We remain committed to customer excellence now and in the future. While production activities at these 4 factories will be temporarily suspended, our commercial teams and business remains operational as we continue to work remotely (lighting studies, order processing, research & development…). We are available to support you and answer any questions you may have.

All travel and on-site training sessions have been cancelled and local events have been aligned in accordance with local health authority guidelines. We will update you as and when there are further developments.

As a family-owned industrial group with more than a century-long history, the Schréder Group is committed to following the highest standards in strict compliance with each countries authorities’ indications. We are very proud of our employees, who throughout the outbreak, have shown a high sense of duty and strong commitment to the company’s values.

We are thankful for the expressed support from many customers and ensure that we are doing our best efforts to ensure our commitments towards them, while contributing to society.

For over 112 years, Schréder, our customers, and the communities we serve, have faced challenges, big and small, and come through them all by supporting each other and working together. By taking these actions, we wish to slow down the spread of this virus, avoid overloading health care systems and minimise the potential impact on people’s lives.

Take care of yourself, your family and your community.

Werner de Wolf
CEO – Schréder