Dear valued customers,
the concerns of many experts regarding the market situation in 2022 have unfortunately come true. The ongoing Corona pandemic continues to have a major impact on our business processes.
The effects of the pandemic, which have already been known for 1-2 years, are now being intensified by the current Ukraine crisis.
Many of the pre-products necessary for the production of raw materials, which were delivered from Russia or Ukraine, are currently no longer being delivered or have much longer delivery times due to other delivery routes.
This has led to massive restrictions in the supply chain of raw materials that are important for us to manufacture our products.
The restrictions not only affect the sourcing of new raw materials, but also have an impact on existing supply agreements, some of which can no longer be met by the suppliers.
You experience the impact of the crisis on energy costs every day when you look at the cost of diesel and petrol. The suppliers’ energy cost surcharges for paper, film and other operating materials are also rising almost daily to a previously unknown level and are leading to massive price increases.
The absence of Eastern European lorry drivers is leading to a further shortage of transport capacities and an increase in the cost of freight.
The protective actions taken by us to avoid infection with SARS-Cov-2 of our employees had been successful to minimise production downtimes. However, due to the current dynamic development, we unfortunately cannot exclude this totally in the coming months.
We assume that the massive effects of the pandemic in combination with the Ukraine crisis will lead to further shortages of raw materials in the coming months and thus to longer delivery times as well as further and significant price increases also for already existing supply contracts.
Due to the situation described above, we must recommend that you do not plan your requirements at relatively short notice as usual, but rather calculate with lead times of 4-6 weeks, depending on the product.
Of course, we will do our utmost to keep the respective delivery time as short as possible.
Please contact our sales team for answers to your questions, individual guidance and planning of your required quantities – we will be pleased to be available to you as a reliable partner at any time.
We look forward to continuing our trusting cooperation, especially during this time, which requires a lot of improvisational talent from all of us.