Danish industrial group Mekoprint has over 20 years of experience within production in Asia, and is delighted that all its Chinese production partners have recommenced production. The approval of the Chinese health authorities means that work has restarted, and goods are now being despatched from China.
Mekoprint develops and manufactures electromechanical components and turnkey solutions in Denmark, Eastern Europe, Taiwan and China, and has of course felt the concern of customers with products on order manufactured in China. A concern shared to the highest degree by Mekoprint. Not least because of its many relationships in the country.
Mekoprint has over 20 years of experience within production in China, and its own branch in Hong Kong, where the situation amongst its production partners has been followed very closely in recent weeks. Despite the serious situation, the atmosphere in the company and amongst its customers has been one of understanding and cooperation, rather than crisis, explains Morten Lundgreen, Divisional Director at Mekoprint.
“We are all very worried about the situation in China. Activating our risk-management team from day 1 made a decisive difference.
We have found that our setup in Asia has been a strength, from which we could follow the situation closely, and act according to the first-hand knowledge of our own people, rather than what we think is happening in Denmark. Thanks to our presence going back more than 20 years in Asia, and local presence in Hong Kong, we found it possible to stay informed on an hourly basis of what was happening.”
Throughout the period, Mekoprint in Denmark worked in close consultation with its strategic production partners in China, where everyone has been interested in finding solutions, rather than dwelling on problems.
Safety for all personnel has been given first priority for everyone involved, explains Sales Director Morten Kjær:
“As from this week, all the factories with links to Mekoprint have restarted their production. The Chinese New Year holiday was extended, and we have of course supported our Chinese partners in their decision to postpone production startup until they were able to safely bring in their employees to work. We are now in operation again in China, and the task of ramping back up to full capacity awaits, with the aim of reaching the same level as before New Year.
Mekoprint has a global footprint, with production in Asia, Eastern Europe and Denmark. We prioritise global production, with the flexibility that gives our customers. In this particular situation, it has allowed us to use factories outside China to maintain a strong supply chain for our customers.”
Kjær adds that there has been considerable understanding for the situation. The level of communications with all customers has been raised, focusing on common solutions, until Chinese production is once again restored to full capacity. He believes that many other Danish companies have done the same – acted professionally and responsibly.