Manufacturers work from home

Manufacturers work from home

A look at how leading manufacturers are dealing with the crisis
12 May 2020 News

As one of the key measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, many countries are calling on people to work from home and take safety precautions. Manufacturers are responding to this call. Archello talked to leading manufacturers about how they are managing the crisis.

Roberta Silva, CEO of Flos

“We have been working relentlessly in this period to ensure a brilliant restart, driven by the exciting new products of the Architectural and Outdoor collections we have presented recently, and the new amazing luminaires from the Decorative collection that we are ready to launch in the coming weeks.”


Birthe Tofting, Director of Int. Sales, Marketing & HR of VOLA

“Our VOLA factory in Denmark is still running at full speed under special conditions where we minimize the risk of spreading the virus. Our sales people continue to support our customers via email, phone and showroom visits by appointment only.”


Martine Reynaers, Managing Director Reynaers Group

“At Reynaers Aluminium we focus even more on safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all our stakeholders: building automation, recyclability and the use of digital supports throughout the entire value chain strengthen our partnerships worldwide and contribute to great architectural design.”


Serena Borghero, Director Research communications EMEA of Steelcase

"The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the ways and places people work, as millions of office workers temporarily work from home. At Steelcase, it is no different. We’ve implemented protocols to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Steelcase community – this must be and is our first priority. We are also collaborating with essential industries like healthcare – leveraging our expertise and capabilities to produce PPE, help them scale and grow their capacity.

During the crisis, Steelcase will continue to serve its global customers – taking essential orders, making furniture, shipping and installing furniture, despite facing increasing challenges. Steelcase is continuously exploring the future of work and we’re committed to helping our customers navigate what’s next in the Post-Covid workplace."


Jan Terje Nielsen, CCBO of Steni AS

“The covid-19 has been a challenging situation for Steni as for most other companies. We have been working hard and creatively to overcome the difficulties and have been lucky enough to keep up the production and deliver to our customers satisfaction during these tough times. In a situation like this we almost had to pinch our arms to see that we have so far been above our budget estimations - with no delays on deliveries. We have followed a tight communication strategy both internally and externally and have more or less isolated the production facilities to make sure that we are able to fulfil our expectations on the running projects out there. This is a situation where every employee and our trusted customers and suppliers have worked extremely well together to cope with these unforeseen circumstances.”


Oliver Stepe, President YKK AP America

“State and local governments across the U.S.A. have reinforced that the sectors in which we operate are considered part of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce and our employees continue to fulfill a vital role in the infrastructure supply chain of the nation.  While we continue to operate all of our locations across the country, we have stepped up efforts to keep our workplaces and employees safe. Efforts include cleaning and sanitizing measures, suspending nonessential visitation, employee temperature checks, and actively enforcing social distancing. 

To further enhance employee safety and to support national efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented a company-wide initiative to proactively reduce workforce density across all of our facilities through rotational attendance and teleworking initiatives.
Overall order intake levels have been negatively impacted yet remain healthy. As the long term impact of the pandemic on our markets comes to full light, we will remain focused on the long term best interest of our customers, employees, and communities.“ 


Gilberto Negrini, CEO of B&B Italia

“After the operational resumption of shipments, which has restarted supplies and processed orders, production is also finally active at B&B Italia in Novedrate as well as at Arclinea in Caldogno (Vicenza). Of course, all the safety protocols have been duly executed to ensure our employees a safe return: regulated distancing, recurring sanitisation of working areas and offices, supply of disinfectants at each location and space. Mandatory entrance procedures have been implemented too: after taking the temperature, masks and gloves are supplied daily to each employee. The restart is a sign that makes us look to the future with more hope and positivity, confident that the quality of Made in Italy, our ability to innovate, to merge industry and manual skills, to find beauty in form, combined with the extraordinary work of our men and women, who are the real strength of our companies and our brands, will be able to cope with this enormous global crisis.”

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