Ch. Dahlinger Corona Update

We are here for you in these difficult Corona times with our service and our products!
On this page we will keep you informed every 14 days about the current development at Ch. Dahlinger.
You will find the current activities in the following list. The statements are further below on this page.

Activities and status

The measures taken at Ch. Dahlinger and all relevant subsidiaries are all implemented and active to prevent negative effects on the safety of our employees and our business.

DateStatusAction
09.10.2020doneRecommendation to strictly follow the tightened restrictions imposed by the German authorities.
09.10.2020decidedReduction of the number of employees working at the same time in our head office in Lahr/Germany. Mobile work will be practiced more often again.
30.08.2020startedOur office staff in Hong Kong has resumed work in the office where necessary.
21.08.2020startedRestart of the travel activities of the sales representatives under special conditions.
31.07.2020decidedDue to the continuing high number of daily new infections with the CORONA virus in Hong Kong, our HK office staff still works in home office and only returns on an alternating system to the office to arrange sample and other shipments, starting from August 10.
17.07.2020startedDue to the rising infection numbers in Hong Kong, our HK office staff works based on an alternating system of mobile work and office work.
15.07.2020startedEmployees coming back from their holidays are instructed to inform the company before entering the building, if they had been in official risk areas according to German RKI (Robert Koch-Institut).
15.06.2020ongoingReturn of the staff living in France in home office under the restrictions imposed by the authorities.
02.06.2020ongoingGradual return of the staff in home office under the restrictions imposed by the German authorities.
18.05.2020decidedPreparation the gradual return (starting from 2nd of June) of the staff in home office under the restrictions imposed by the German authorities.
18.05.2020doneRecommendation to strictly follow the eased restrictions imposed by the German authorities.
27.04.2020doneThe employees are back to work in our Hong Kong office in Kwun Tong, Kowloon.
27.03.2020doneImplemented virtually workstations in the home office for all our employees.
24.03.2020doneSince this week Tuesday, 85% of our employees work in home office for the time being.
23.03.2020doneThe employees from our Hong Kong office are again back to home office.
20.03.2020ongoingNotify customers and business partners of impact on projects and the delivery date of orders.
20.03.2020ongoingInstruction of our sales representatives to completely discontinue their sales activities (home Office).
20.03.2020doneThe employees are back to work in the offices in China and Hong Kong.
20.03.2020doneSince this week, 67% of our employees work in home office for the time being.
20.03.2020doneImplemented virtually workstations in the home office for 80% of our employees.
18.03.2020ongoingRecommendation to stay at home and leave home only to buy the most necessary products, to go to work, to visit a doctor or the bank.
12.03.2020doneFour of our employees resident in Alsace work in home office for the time being.
11.03.2020doneInstruction of our sales representatives to discontinue their sales activities in risk areas and otherwise reduce them to the minimum necessary (home office).
10.03.2020ongoingStarted with implementing virtually all workstations in the home office for all employees.
06.03.2020doneHome office is no longer mandatory for our Hong Kong office.
05.03.2020doneSuspending business trips to risk areas outside China.
05.03.2020doneSuspending business meetings with people from risk areas.
05.03.2020doneRecommending, what persons should do who fear to be infected with the Corona Virus.
05.03.2020doneRecommending to suspend private trips to risk areas outside China.
05.03.2020doneRecommending to suspend private meetings with people from risk areas.
05.03.2020doneRecommendation not to participate in large events; general avoidance of large gatherings.
05.03.2020doneAdherence to the coughing and sneezing etiquette, good hand hygiene, avoid shaking hands and hugs, as well as distance to sick people (about 1 to 2 meters).
28.02.2020doneNecessary inspection and supportive jobs are carried out at the sites of our production partners
10.02.2020ongoingMake every morning medical examination (fever, questionnaire) of all staff or visitor entering the site.
10.02.2020ongoingIn case of doubt, prescribe preventive sick leave to any potential staff member.
07.02.2020donePurchase necessary appropriate medical supplies such as disinfectant, surgical masks, gloves, medication.
05.02.2020doneProvide information sheet about the pandemic, its symptoms and rules for prevention of infection.
05.02.2020doneIssue written hygienic rule of conduct to all employees.
03.02.2020doneAllow as much as possible home office during the duration of the pandemic.
31.01.2020ongoingStay in close and daily contact with all partners in China.
31.01.2020ongoingNotify customers and business partners of impact on projects and orders.
31.01.2020ongoingCollect data how to reduce risk of contamination.
31.01.2020ongoingCollect all information from the governmental health department.
31.01.2020doneSuspending business trips to China.
31.01.2020doneReduce business trips to the strict minimum.
31.01.2020doneDeploy Emergency Management Team (EMT) and Disaster Recovery Team (DRT).

Statements

Here you will find all statements of our company about the impact of the corona virus epidemic on Ch. Dahlinger.

Statement on 09 October 2020

To all our customers
The 2nd wave of the CORONA epidemic predicted by many experts has reached almost the entire world. Between 270,000 and 360,000 daily new infections have been reported worldwide in the past 14 days. The worldwide CORONA virus pandemic continues to spread. The growth rate remains at a high level. As of October 09, 36,9 million infections were recorded, which corresponds to an increase of 4.3 million (+13.2%) in the last two weeks. The USA remains undisputedly the most affected country (7,6 million infections), but India has now almost caught up (6,9 million infections). Brazil, Russia, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, Peru, Mexico and France follow on the next positions (link global situation).
Europe is now the region with the second most new corona infections worldwide (after South America but ahead of North America). Not one country in Europe is free of risk areas. With Spain and now France, two European countries are in the “top ten list” of most affected countries. It shows that Europe is facing major challenges overall. Most hotspots can be found in the urban centers of large cities.
By tightening the restrictions that have been eased in recent months, the authorities are trying to get a grip on the negative development. The list of risk areas on the homepage of the German Robert Koch Institute has become longer.
The situation in China and Hong Kong remains stable, the HK government relaxes the social distancing, but the travel restrictions between Hong Kong and China remain in force for everyone until further notice.
At our CHD-headquarters in Lahr we have started to reduce the number of employees working at the same time in our head office in Lahr/Germany. Mobile work will be practiced more often again. Despite this, our operating business is continuing without restriction. Short-time is still active, but on a limited level. Business with the jewelry and watch trade in most European countries is on an acceptable level, but business with industrial customers is still significantly below the level before the CORONA crisis. Markets continue to suffer from the absence of business travellers and (luxury) tourists due to massive travel restrictions. Therefore order situation of our production partners remains at an unsatisfactory level. Hopes for an improvement in business conditions have given way to fears of a second lockdown.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch continues to work at a reduced level. Inspection and support work is being carried out at the locations of our production partners.
Our office staff in Hong Kong works in the office, if necessary.
We are pleased to be able to say that no CHD employee has fallen ill with the CORONA virus infection, but we are confronted with the fact that in the family environment of our employees, relatives, and therefore also our employees, have to take precautions to go into quarantine.
We are closely monitoring further developments in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us are being continuously implemented at the various locations of our company.

Our next statement will be published on October 23.

Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 25 September 2020

To all our customers
The worldwide CORONA virus pandemic continues to spread. The growth rate has increased again. As of 25 September, 32,6 infections were recorded, which corresponds to an increase of 4.4 million (+15.5%) in the last two weeks. The US remains the most affected country, but India is catching up with the USA due to the extremely rapid rise in infection rates. Brazil, Russia, Colombia, Peru and Mexico follow on the next positions. Spain is back in the “top ten” due to the second wave, which in Spain has a massive impact in particular on urban areas (link global situation).
The development in Europe is getting critical again. Hardly any country in Europe is still free of risk areas. In particular Spain, France, Spain, Holland and the UK have seen a significant increase in daily infection rates in the last two weeks. But also Germany, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Sweden are among those countries, where the second wave has arrived To a certain extent, the increasing number of infections can be explained by the end of summer holiday season and the start of school season. This development is very worrying. It means renewed restrictions for citizens and an unsatisfactory levels of economic activity. On its website, the German Robert Koch Institute provides daily updates on risk areas around the world where travel is not recommended. This list is getting longer and longer. Those returning from these areas must generally prepare for tests or quarantine.
The situation in China and Hong Kong remains stable. The travel restrictions between Hong Kong and China remain in force for everyone until further notice.
At our CHD-headquarters in Lahr we continue to practice a mixture of mobile work and work in our office. The operative business runs smoothly. Short-time is still active, but on a limited level.
Business with the jewelry and watch trade in most European countries is still on a good level, but business with industrial customers is still significantly below the level before the CORONA crisis. Markets continue to suffer from the absence of business travellers and (luxury) tourists due to massive travel restrictions.
Therefore order situation of our production partners remains at an unsatisfactory level. Hopes of returning to better conditions at the end of the year have been dashed. A second lockdown would have devastating consequences for the global economy.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch continues to work at a reduced level. Inspection and support work is being carried out at the locations of our production partners.
Our office staff in Hong Kong works in the office, if necessary.
We are pleased to be able to say that no CHD employee has fallen ill with the CORONA virus infection. We are closely monitoring further developments in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us are being continuously implemented at the various locations of our company. 
Our next statement will be published on October 09.

Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 11 September 2020

To all our customers
The worldwide number of infections with the CORONA virus is continuously increasing. The growth rate has now stabilized with a slight tendency to weaken. As of 11 September, 28.2 infections were recorded, which corresponds to an increase of 3.7 million (+15.1%) in the last two weeks. The US remains by far the most affected country with almost ¼ of all infections worldwide, followed by India, Brazil, Russia, Peru and Colombia. In South Africa, the trend in new infections has clearly decreased. The global regional hotspots for the CORONA epidemic have hardly changed with North and South America, India and Russia (link global situation).
The development in Europe is split in two. In particular France, Spain, Holland and the UK have seen a significant increase in daily infection rates in the last two weeks. The centers for the reoccurrence of infections are usually the large urban centers in the respective countries. In contrast, Italy, Germany and numerous smaller EU countries are managing to keep this so-called second wave of the Corona epidemic under control. Although experience in dealing with the epidemic has shown that the effects in France, Spain, Holland and the UK are not as severe as in March April and May, this development is worrying. It means renewed restrictions for citizens and a continuation of unsatisfactory levels of economic activity. On its website, the German Robert Koch Institute provides daily updates on risk areas around the world where travel is not recommended.
Those returning from these areas must generally prepare for tests or quarantine.
However, a very responsible and professional approach to the management of the virus epidemic is becoming more and more apparent.
The situation in China remains stable. Hong Kong has regained control of the virus epidemic. The travel restrictions between Hong Kong and China will remain in force for everyone until further notice.
At our CHD-headquarters in Lahr we continue to practice a mixture of mobile work and work in our office. The operative business runs smoothly. Short-time is still active, but on a limited level.
Business with the jewelry and watch trade in most European countries is at present on a good level, but business with industrial customers is still significantly below the level before the CORONA crisis. Markets continue to suffer from the absence of business travellers and (luxury) tourists due to massive travel restrictions. Therefore order situation of our production partners remains at an unsatisfactory level.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch continues to working at a reduced level in September. Inspection and support work is being carried out at the locations of our production partners.
Our office staff in Hong Kong has resumed to work in the office, if necessary.
We are pleased to be able to say that no CHD employee has fallen ill with the CORONA virus infection.
We are closely monitoring further developments in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us are being continuously implemented at the various locations of our company. 
Our next statement will be published on September 25.

Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 28 August 2020

To all our customers
The worldwide number of infections with the CORONA virus has continued to increase, although the growth curve has flattened slightly. The number of infections has exceeded 24.5 million, an increase of 3.8 million (+18.4%) in the last two weeks. Although the change in percent has decreased slightly, the trend remains critical. The USA is still by far the most affected country with almost ¼ of all infections worldwide, followed by Brazil, India, Russia, Peru and South Africa. The global regional hotspots for the CORONA epidemic remain largely unchanged America, South Africa, Russia and India (link global situation).
The situation in Europe is mixed. Especially in Spain and France, but also in Germany, Italy, Great Britain and the smaller EU countries, the daily reported infection numbers are increasing, sometimes dramatically, but on a small basis. All these countries are endeavoring to prevent the new developments from getting out of control by means of targeted countermeasures. Vacation returnees are examined for the CORONA virus when entering the country from risk areas.
The situation in China remains stable. In Hong Kong the daily CORONA new infections have further stabilized and now show a clear downward trend. The restrictive measures decided by the authorities in Hong Kong to stop the spread of the CORONA virus have been slightly eased again. On the other hand the travel restrictions between Hong Kong and China will remain in force for everyone until further notice. The order situation of our production partners remains at an unsatisfactory level.
At our CHD-headquarters in Lahr we continue to practice a mixture of mobile work and work in our office to avoid that the intensity of contacts increases the risk of infection. The operative business runs smoothly. Short-time work was reduced again somewhat. Business with jewelers and watchmakers in most European countries is now at a level comparable to that before the CORONA crisis. Our sales representatives have restarted the travel activities under special conditions. Business with industrial customers is still significantly below the level before the CORONA crisis. The absence of luxury tourists and business trips due to travel restrictions is noticeable.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch also works at a reduced level in our office in September. Inspection and support work is being carried out at the locations of our production partners.
Our office staff in Hong Kong work largely from home and only return to the office via alternating systems to arrange samples and other shipments.
We are pleased to be able to say that no CHD employee has fallen ill with the CORONA virus infection.
We are closely monitoring further developments in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us are being continuously implemented at the various locations of our company. 
Our next statement will be published on September 11.

Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 14 August 2020

To all our customers
The number of infections with the CORONA virus has exceeded 20.7 worldwide, reflecting an increase of 3.4 million (+19.6%) in the last two weeks. Although the percentage increase has decreased somewhat in percentage terms, the development remains worrying. The USA remains by far the most affected country with over 25% of all cases of infection worldwide, followed by Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa. However, Mexico, Peru and Colombia are now also heavily affected. The global regional hotspots for the CORONA epidemic remain largely unchanged America, South Africa, Russia and India (link global situation).
The situation in Europe is mixed. Especially in the classic holiday regions in South-East Europe and Southern Europe, there are repeated regionally severe outbreaks of the epidemic. All countries are endeavoring to nip these outbreaks in the bud by taking targeted countermeasures. For example, holiday returnees are increasingly examined for the CORONA virus on entry.
We still appeal to the discipline of each individual citizen to strictly adhere to the CORONA rules and to apply the prescribed measures consistently.
In connection with the non-observance of the CORONA-regulations the penalties were increased significantly.
The situation in China remains stable. In Hong Kong, after the strong increase in case numbers, the daily new CORONA infections have stabilized and are now showing a slight downward trend. The restrictive measures adopted by the authorities in Hong Kong to stem the spread of the CORONA virus have been maintained. Therefore, the travel restrictions between Hong Kong and China remain in force for everyone until further notice.
The order situation of our production partners remains at an unsatisfactory level. While the number of employees has been reduced, fixed costs are a burden. In China there is no state system to support companies, as is partly the case in Europe (e.g. short-time working).
At our CHD headquarters in Lahr we continue to practice a mixture of mobile work and work in our office to avoid that the intensity of contacts increases the risk of infection. The operative business is running smoothly. Short-time work was reduced again somewhat. Business with jewelers and watchmakers in most European countries is generally positive at a level similar to that before the CORONA crisis. Although business with industrial customers is improving, it is still well below the level before the CORONA crisis.
The staff of our Guangzhou branch is continuing to work at a reduced level in our office. Inspection and support work is carried out at the locations of our production partners.
Our office staff in Hong Kong work extensively in the home office and only return to the office via alternating systems to arrange samples and other shipments.
We are happy to say that we have not had a CHD employee affected by the CORONA virus to date.
We are closely monitoring further developments in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us are being continuously implemented at the various locations of our company. 
Our next statement will be published on August 28.

Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 31 July 2020

The number of CORONA virus infections worldwide has exceeded 17,3 million, which reflects an increase during the last 2 weeks of 3,7 million (+26,3%). This development is very worrying. It is mainly caused by countries in which the CORONA virus epidemic was played down for a long time and is unfortunately still being played down in some cases. USA by a large distance, followed by Brazil, India, Russia, and South Africa are the 5 main affected countries worldwide. The global hotspots for the CORONA epidemic remain mainly unchanged. America, South Africa and India (link global situation).
Recent developments in many countries – especially in Europe – that had the virus epidemic under control and had therefore adopted measures to ease restrictions, recognize that the number of virus
infections is increasing again. It is now necessary to react to these developments quickly and
consistently in order to prevent a mass spread and to nip the feared 2nd wave in the bud. The current summer holiday season with many holiday travelers poses great challenges for those responsible. Their return must be accompanied with instructions depending on the region they come from. This will only succeed in the end if every single citizen strictly adheres to the CORONA rules and if the measures are consequently enforced.
The situation in China remains stable. In contrast, Hong Kong is after the sharp increase in case numbers still on a relatively high level of daily new CORONA infections. This has led the Hongkong authorities to reintroduce restrictive measures to control the spread of the CORONA virus. Therefore, the travel restrictions between Hong Kong and China remain in place for everyone.
The order situation at some of our production partners is now on a better but not yet on a sufficient level. It remains critical. August seems to be the most challenging month for them so far.
At our CHD headquarters in Lahr, we continue to practice a mixture of mobile work and work in our office to avoid that the intensity of the contacts increases the risk of infection. The operational business works smooth. The short time work could be reduced further. Very positive is the fact that business with jewelers and watchmakers in most European countries has returned to pre-Corona levels since July. Due to the pent-up demand, it is even significantly higher in some cases.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch is working in our office, inspection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners, but they still work on a reduced level. Due to the continuing high number of daily new infections with the CORONA virus in Hong Kong, our office employees again work exclusively in the home office and only return to the office on a swap system to arrange samples and other shipments.
We are happy to say, that to this day, we have no CHD employee affected with the CORONA virus.
We continue to monitor the further development very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company. 
Our next statement will be published on August 14.

Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 17 July 2020

With reference to our last statement of June 26, 2020, we would like to inform you about the current development of the CORONA virus epidemic with regard to our company.
Countries in which the existing measures to prevent the spread of the CORONA virus has been eased too extensively are rowing back and thus trying to bring the increased numbers of infections under control again. In the meantime, the summer holiday season has begun and it will be interesting to see how the number of infections develops among people returning from holiday regions.
In a global comparison, Europe is doing quite well overall. However, there are now a number of countries, particularly in south-eastern Europe, where there is a risk that the development of infection rates could get out of control again.
The number of CORONA virus infections worldwide has exceeded 13,6 million. The most affected country is USA, in which the number of infections has risen dramatically during the last 3 weeks by showing record number of daily new infections (26% of all virus infections worldwide). USA, Brazil, India, Russia, and Peru are the 5 main affected countries worldwide. The global hotspots for the CORONA epidemic remain mainly unchanged. America, South Africa and India (link global situation).
The situation in China remains stable. In contrast, Hong Kong is now talking about the third CORONA wave with a sharp increase in case numbers. This is also attributed to the fact that the restrictive measures to protect against the spread of the CORONA virus have been eased too quickly. The travel restrictions between Hong Kong and China remain in place for everyone.
The order situation at some of our production partners has improved, but remains critical.
At our CHD headquarters in Lahr, we continue to practice a mixture of mobile work and work in our office to avoid that the intensity of the contacts increases the risk of infection. The operational business works smooth in spite of short time work, which can be reduced carefully.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch is working in our office, inspection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners. The staff at our Guangzhou branch still works on a reduced level. Due to the rising infection numbers in Hong Kong, our office staff works based on an alternating system of mobile work and office work.
We are happy to say, that to this day, we have no CHD employee affected with the CORONA virus. We continue to monitor the further development very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company. Our next statement will be published on July 31. One conclusion of the recent weeks is undisputed: The prerequisite for successfully containing the epidemic until a vaccine is available requires smart political leaders.

Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 26 June 2020

With reference to our last statement of June 12, 2020, we would like to inform you about the current development of the CORONA virus epidemic with regard to our company.
The spreading of the virus in most of the European countries including Great Britain seems to be more or less under control. Additional easing measures have been implemented; the cross-border travel between countries of the EU is mostly possible. What we experience now are local outbreaks of the virus epidemic, which are countered with local lockdown measures.
The global hotspots for the CORONA epidemic are South America, Africa, India, Bangladesh and again USA, where the latest epidemic outbreak mainly took place in the southern states and in  the Midwest states, in regions which had been not infected during the first wave in USA. The number of CORONA virus infections worldwide has exceeded 9,6 million, almost 17% more. USA, Brazil, Russia, India and United Kingdom remain the 5 main affected countries worldwide (link global situation).
The situation in Hong Kong and China remains mostly stable. The travel restrictions remain valid for everybody. The outbreak of the CORONA virus in Peking seems to be under control,
In conclusion, it must be emphasized that everyone should be sensitized to take the risk of a relapse seriously and follow the instructed rules accordingly. The epidemic remains a continuing danger as long as there is no vaccine available for all people in sufficient quantities.
The order situation at our production partners has not improved and therefore remains critical.
At our CHD headquarters in Lahr, we practice a mixture of mobile work and work in our office to avoid that the intensity of the contacts increases the risk of infection. The colleagues living in France are back in the office. The operational business works smooth in spite of short time work. In the meantime, we were able to reduce the portion of short-time work for some staff.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch and the staff in Hong Kong are working in our offices, in- spection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners. Due to reduced workload, the staff at our Guangzhou branch works on a reduced level since mid of June.
To this day, no CHD employee in Lahr, but also none of our CHD employees in Hong Kong and China and none of the employees of our production partners are infected with the CORONA virus. In addition there is no CHD employee in quarantine.
We continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company. Our next statement will be published on July 10.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 12 June 2020

With reference to our last statement of June 05, 2020, we would like to inform you about the current development of the CORONA virus epidemic with regard to our company.
The situation in most of the European counties except Great Britain has further slightly eased. Additional easing measures are announced, mainly affecting the cross-border travel between countries that have the epidemic under control. As long as measures against CORONA epidemic show at least stable infection figures, the strategy of gradual easing will be continued.
The global hotspots for the CORONA epidemic are unchanged. Compared to the previous week, the increase in CORONA virus infections worldwide has accelerated somewhat. The number of CORONA virus infections worldwide has exceeded 7,75 million, almost 17% more. USA, Brazil, Russia, India and United Kingdom remain the 5 main affected countries worldwide (link global situation).
The situation in Hong Kong and China this week is little changed. China reported about an outbreak of the CORONA virus in Peking, which proofs that the epidemic is still a permanent global threat. Fallbacks are always and everywhere possible.
The order situation at our production partners remains critical.
At our CHD headquarters in Lahr, we have experienced our second week after the gradual return of employees from the home office to our office. The colleagues living in France will come back on June 15. The operational business works smooth in spite of short time work.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch and the staff in Hong Kong are working in our offices, inspection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners.
As of today, no CHD employee in Lahr, but also none of our CHD employees in Hong Kong and China and none of the employees of our production partners are infected with the CORONA virus. In addition there is no CHD employee in quarantine.
From now on, we will modify our rhythm for the weekly statement. We will send out the statement every two weeks.
Nevertheless we continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our next statement will be published on June 26.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 05 June 2020

With reference to our last statement of May 29, 2020, we would like to inform you about the current development of the CORONA virus epidemic with regard to our company.
Compared to last week, the situation has eased slightly. Further easing measures were announced in the countries that have the spread of the CORONA epidemic under control. The global hotspots for the CORONA epidemic are unchanged. North America, Central and South America as well as India and Russia are still in the middle of the epidemic's expansive spreading phase.
The number of CORONA virus infections worldwide has exceeded 6,65 million, unchanged almost 14% more compared to the previous week. 28% of all infections are reported by the USA. The number of deaths exceeds 390.000, more than 108.000 in the USA alone (link global situation).
The situation in Hong Kong and China this week is little changed. Yesterday Hong Kong announced to extend the restrictions for foreigners entering the country until mid-September.
The order situation at our production partners remains critical. Therefore some have already announced a temporarily shutdown of the factory. We are watching very closely to make sure that, as agreed, they remain standby to increase the capacity in short time, when needed.
At our CHD headquarters in Lahr, we have experienced our first week after the gradual return of employees from the home office to our office. The colleagues living in France will work in our Lahr office after June 15. As we still work short-time in most of our departments, we can avoid that too many employees are present in the office at the same time. In addition numerous precautions taken in this context to comply with the hygiene and clearance rules minimize the risk of infections in our office.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch and the staff in Hong Kong are working in our offices, inspection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners.
As of today, no CHD employee in Lahr, but also none of our CHD employees in Hong Kong and China and none of the employees of our production partners are infected with the CORONA virus. In addition there is no CHD employee in quarantine.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated until further notice.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 29 May 2020

With reference to our last statement of May 22, 2020, we would like to inform you about the current development of the CORONA virus epidemic with regard to our company.
Once again, governments of those countries that manage to keep the number of infections under control have announced further easing measures.
These are also being taken by those countries where the number of new infections per day is not yet significantly declining, but is stagnating at best.
The number of CORONA virus infections worldwide has exceeded 5,8 million, 14% more compared to the previous week. 30% of all infections are reported by the USA. The number of deaths exceeds 360.000, more than 100.000 in the USA alone (link global situation).
The situation in Hong Kong and China this week is unchanged.
The order situation at our production partners has not improved. On the contrary, they will be hit with full force by the slump in orders in the coming weeks. Therefore they are considering a temporarily shutdown of the factory. We are watching very closely to make sure that, as agreed, they remain standby to increase the capacity in short time, when needed.
At our CHD headquarters in Lahr, we have completed preparations for the gradual return of employees from the home office to our office. We also plan to gradually have our colleagues living in France work in our Lahr office again. As numerous employees will again be working in our office from June onwards, numerous precautions must be taken in this context to comply with the hygiene and clearance rules.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch and the staff in Hong Kong are working in our offices, inspection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners.
As of today, no CHD employee in Lahr, but also none of our CHD employees in Hong Kong and China and none of the employees of our production partners are infected with the CORONA virus. In addition there is no CHD employee in quarantine.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page (this week no modification of actions necessary). The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated until further notice.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 22 May 2020

With reference to our last statement of May 15, 2020, we would like to inform you about the current development of the CORONA virus epidemic with regard to our company.
Compared to the previous week, nearly all governments in countries, which manage to control the number of infections have announced and implemented further modifications of the current situation in detail. This leads to a slight upturn in social life and business activity.
But not all countries can risk these easing measures as the number of daily new infections there is not yet decreasing, most notably in USA, Great Britain, Russia and Brazil.
The number of CORONA virus infections worldwide has exceeded 5,1 million, again 16% more compared to the previous week. 31% of all infections are reported by the USA (link global situation).
The situation in Hong Kong and China this week is unchanged. A solution for a bilateral exemption of businessmen from the 2 weeks compulsory quarantine between China and Hong Kong is still not in force.
Some of our production partners run soon out of orders and announced considering a temporarily shutdown of the factory. Nevertheless they remain standby to increase the capacity in short time, when needed.
At our CHD headquarter in Lahr, Germany, we are preparing the step by step return of the staff to our office by beginning of June. Our colleagues living in France are exempted from this measure for the time being, as the situation in our neighbor region Alsace is still worse compared to our region.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch and the staff in Hong Kong are working in our offices, inspection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners.
As of today, no CHD employee in Lahr, but also none of our CHD employees in Hong Kong and China and none of the employees of our production partners are infected with the CORONA virus. In addition there is no CHD employee in quarantine.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated until further notice.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 15 May 2020

With reference to our last statement of May 08, 2020, we would like to inform you about the current development of the CORONA virus epidemic with regard to our company.
Compared to the previous week, there have not been many changes to the current situation in detail. One can actually describe the current situation by means of 2 different groups.
The first group includes those countries in which the spread of the CORONA virus is currently under control and the governments have announced further easing of the strict measures.
The second group comprises those countries, such as the USA, Great Britain, India, Russia and Brazil, in which the development of the infections has not yet been slowed down and in which only very tentative relaxation measures are therefore possible.
The number of CORONA virus infections worldwide has exceeded 4,4 million, about 16% more compared to the week before. One third of all infections affect the USA (link global situation).
The situation in Hong Kong and China this week is unchanged. HK residents who own a factory in China are still waiting for the exemption from Compulsory Quarantine when going to China. Hong Kong already decided for this group of people not to impose a two-week quarantine, when coming back from China.
Our production partners are still working off the order backlog on a low capacity level. They are standby to increase the capacity in short time, when needed.
At our CHD headquarter in Lahr, Germany, we will reduce by beginning of June the intensive portion of staff in Home Office on the basis of the rules in force.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch and the staff in Hong Kong is working in our offices, inspection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners.
As of today, no CHD employee in Lahr, but also none of our CHD employees in Hong Kong and China and none of the employees of our production partners are infected with the CORONA virus. In addition there is no CHD employee in quarantine.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page (this week no modification of actions necessary). The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated until further notice.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 08 May 2020

With reference to our last statement of April 30, 2020, we would like to inform you about the current development of the CORONA virus epidemic with regard to our company.
Hong Kong has started to allow applications for Exemption from Compulsory Quarantine for HK residents who own a factory in China. This small step would mean that this group does not need to undergo anymore the two-week quarantine, when coming back from China. China is still reluctant to do this, but if the situation improves further, a solution on both sides of the border should be possible during the second half of May.
Our production partners are still working off the order backlog on a low capacity level. They are standby to increase the capacity in short time, when needed.
The number of CORONA virus infections worldwide has exceeded 3,8 million. One third of all infections occur in the USA. Those countries which control the number of infections quite well are further lifting their restrictions. (link global situation)
But all the steps to easing the restrictions are only tiny steps on the long way to come back to normal conditions. As long as all restrictions are not removed, there is no "shopping atmosphere" and therefore the consumption in the luxury and lifestyle sectors is limited to purely occasional needs.
At our CHD headquarter in Lahr, Germany, we are working on a plan to reduce the intensive portion of staff in Home Office in accordance with the official rules. The short-time work of our staff that continues in May does not affect the functionality of the operating business.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch and the staff in Hong Kong is working in our offices, inspection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners.
As of today, no CHD employee in Lahr, but also none of our CHD employees in Hong Kong and China and none of the employees of our production partners are infected with the CORONA virus. In addition there is no CHD employee in quarantine.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page (this week no modification of actions necessary). The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 30 April 2020

With reference to our last statement of April 24, 2020, we would like to inform you about the current development of the CORONA virus epidemic with regard to our company.
China and Hong Kong are continuing their long road back to normality in small steps. Imported cases of infection in particular still play a role at a manageable level. The strict measures that have been introduced are being eased only very cautiously, without creating risks. The strict two-week quarantine will continue to apply to people entering from abroad, but the easing of this measure is announced for May.
Our production partners are waiting for the order situation in the factories to improve again. Meanwhile they are working off the order backlog on a lower capacity level. Due to the short- term availability of workers, it is possible that capacity will be increased again at short time, when needed.
The number of CORONA virus infections worldwide has exceeded 3 million. For the first time the curve of all infections worldwide shows a slightly flattened course. We are hearing from more and more countries that intend to slowly lifting their restrictions. This is a first positive, albeit tiny step back towards the normality. (link global situation)
The opening of small shops in Austria and Germany has led in the first week to a slight upturn in business activity, however, the introduction of obligatory masks this week has caused customer frequency to drop again.
In terms of products in the luxury and lifestyle sectors, consumption is limited to purely occasional needs. People do not go "shopping", but only go " buying" when they need something very specific.
For a significant change in mood, the restrictions on contact must be largely lifted. The public space must again make experiences of all kinds possible and this must be possible without fear of losing one's job.
At our CHD headquarter in Lahr, Germany, Home Office becomes routine. The short-time work of our staff does not affect the functionality of the operating business.
The risk of delivery delays due to the high volume of medical supplies waiting for shipment at Chinese airports, including Hong Kong, remains a problem and hampers the Company's ability to guarantee reliable delivery dates. The shipment of medical protective equipment still has a significant share of all airfreight.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch and the staff in Hong Kong is working in our offices, inspection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners.
As of today, no CHD employee in Lahr, but also none of our CHD employees in Hong Kong and China and none of the employees of our production partners are infected with the CORONA virus. In addition there is no CHD employee in quarantine.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page (this week no modification of actions necessary). The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 24 April 2020

With reference to our last statement of April 17, 2020, we would like to inform you about the current development of the CORONA virus epidemic with regard to our company.
China and Hong Kong are on the long road back to normality in small steps. There, imported cases of infection in particular still play a role at a manageable level. The strict measures that have been introduced are being relaxed only very cautiously, without creating risks. The strict two-week quarantine will continue to apply to people entering from abroad.
Almost all production partners are affected by a persistent decline in incoming orders. The capacity of some of our production partners has been reduced in the meantime. Due to the short-term availability of workers, it is possible that capacity will be increased again at short time, when needed. In order to ensure the ability of our production partners to deliver, we continue to endeavour to avoid production closures, even if they are only temporarily.
The number of CORONA virus infections in the USA continues to increase strongly. Over 850,000 cases are reported this Friday morning (+180.000 compared to the previous week). The USA remains by far the country most affected by CORONA virus infections worldwide. The number of infections has also increased in Europe, although the curve shows a further flattened course. It is still alarming how high the mortality rate remains in some countries in Europe and the USA. (link global situation)
The opening of small shops in Austria and Germany has led to a slight upturn in business activity. Opening of other stores should follow, especially those where the sales area exceeds 800 m². In this context, it has been announced this week that the use of protective masks will become more and more obligatory in public areas, even there seems to be still a shortage of available masks. The acid test will be whether the many related restrictive measures continue to be respected by the population.
At our CHD headquarter in Lahr, Germany, our business operation in the home office continues to run smoothly. The necessary work is being done immediately and production of current orders is secured. The short-time work of our staff does not affect the functionality of the operating business.
The risk of delivery delays due to the high volume of medical supplies waiting for shipment at Chinese airports, including Hong Kong, remains a problem and hampers the Company's ability to guarantee reliable delivery dates. The shipment of medical protective equipment is a priority.
By mid of March we have set 4 maxims for our company in view of the CORONA crisis:
1. Protection of our health and that of our families
2. Maintenance of our business operations
3. Securing our liquidity "Cash is King"
4. Maintaining all our jobs
We have defined a bundle of measures to assuring we can correspond to our maxims.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch works in our office, inspection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners. In the meantime, the staff in Hong Kong is back to work in our office in Kwun Tong, Kowloon.
As of today, no CHD employee in Lahr, but also none of our CHD employees in Hong Kong and China and none of the employees of our production partners are infected with the CORONA virus. In addition there is no CHD employee in quarantine.
For weeks we have been observing the problems in the procurement of sufficient medical protective equipment - especially protective masks - for medical personnel in Germany.
As our business with high quality packaging in the various luxury and lifestyle sectors is currently very slow due to store closures in the retail trade, we have decided not to stand by but see where we can possibly help in these incredibly challenging times and to build up a supply chain for medical protective equipment.
We are using our setup in China, which is necessary for a secure supply, to do this. We have established direct access to medical protective equipment manufacturers in China through our network. In addition, we have the important contacts to necessary key persons in China who help to keep the ever increasing delivery times short. We ourselves audit the manufacturing factories and subject the products to quality control by the employees of our subsidiary in Guangzhou before shipping. We primarily supply hospitals and doctors in private practice with these products.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page (this week no modification of actions necessary). The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 17 April 2020

With reference to our last statement of April 09, 2020, we would like to inform you about the current development of the CORONA virus epidemic with regard to our company.
China and Hong Kong continue to maintain their measures to protect their countries from imported cases of CORONA virus infection. The strict two-week quarantine will continue to apply to people entering from abroad.
China has announced further cautious measures to take another step towards normality. This is all being done very carefully to prevent a relapse if possible.
Almost all production partners have meanwhile been affected by a significant decline in incoming orders. The capacity of some of our production partners has been reduced in the meantime. Due to the short-term availability of workers, it is possible that capacity will be increased again, when needed. We are doing everything in our power to prevent even one of our production partners from closing their production facilities for the time being, even if only for a few weeks.
The number of CORONA virus infections in the USA continues to increase strongly. Over 670,000 cases are reported this Friday morning. The USA is by far the country most affected by CORONA virus infections worldwide. The number of infections has also increased in Europe, although the curve shows a flattened course. It is still alarming how high the mortality rate is in some countries in Europe and the USA. (link global situation)
But there is again something positive to report outside Asia: After Austria last week, Germany has announced this Wednesday to slightly ease its comprehensive measures by next week. The retail trade is the main beneficiary of this easing. Shops are allowed to reopen from Monday next week, provided their sales area does not exceed 800 m². In this context, the use of protective masks is also recommended when moving around in public areas. An obligation cannot yet be made, as there are not enough protective masks
available in the market to cover the huge demand. The extensive contact restrictions are still largely respected by the population.
Our business operations in the home office continue to run smoothly. The necessary work is being done immediately and production of current orders is secured.
The risk of delivery delays due to the high volume of medical supplies waiting for shipment at Chinese airports, including Hong Kong, remains a problem and hampers the Company's ability to guarantee reliable delivery dates. The shipment of medical protective equipment is a priority.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch works in our office, inspection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners. In contrast, the staff at our Hong Kong office continues to work in home office mode as a precaution.
As of today, no CHD employee in Lahr, but also none of our CHD employees in Hong Kong and China and none of the employees of our production partners are infected CORONA virus. In addition there is no CHD employee in quarantine.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page (this week no modification of actions necessary). The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 09 April 2020

Before we inform you about the current development of the CORONA virus epidemic with regard to our company, we have the sad task to inform you that our long-time employee and dear colleague Gerhard Klausmann died last Saturday at the age of 59 years from the consequences of the CORONA virus infection disease. Mr. Klausmann had no previous illnesses that identified him as part of a risk group. For all of us, his death is an unbelievable loss.
We are not only losing an outstanding employee who worked for our company with dedication as custom area manager in the business unit 'Retail' for nearly 42 years and to whom we owe a lot, but also a lovable, positive thinking and humorous person who was always interested in his fellow men. He leaves behind his wife, 3 children and 2 grandchildren as well as his mother.
We are united with his family in deep mourning.
Germany has maintained its comprehensive measures. The extensive contact restrictions are largely respected by the population.
China and Hong Kong have announced the maintenance of the measures introduced to protect against imported cases of infection. A strict two-week quarantine continues to apply to people coming to China from abroad.
Life in China is gradually returning to normal. The easing of the many measures is taking place very cautiously.
The capacity at our production partner has given way to overcapacity. Due to the considerable decline in orders as a result of the economic effects of government measures in most countries worldwide (shutdowns), some of our production partners are already considering temporarily closing a part of their operations for a few weeks.
The sharp increase in the number of cases of infections in the USA is a cause for concern. There, with over 430,000 reported cases of infection, it is by far the largest number. In Europe, too, the number of CORONA virus infections has increased, but the drastic measures are showing success. However, the curve with the infections is flattening out somewhat. There are still considerable differences between the individual countries. Many countries have mortality rates above 10% of those infected. (link global situation)
But there is also something positive to report outside Asia: Austria has announced that, due to the flattening curve of the sick, it will soon begin to relax its strict measures.
Our business operations in the home office continue to run smoothly. The necessary work is being done immediately and production of current orders is secured. No employee is in quarantine.
The risk of delivery delays due to the high volume of medical supplies that are in arrears at Chinese airports, including Hong Kong, continues to be a problem and hinders the company's ability to guarantee reliable delivery dates. The shipment of medical supplies is a priority. In addition, China's regulation - regulating the export of medical equipment - which was introduced on April 1, is slowing down the export of protective masks and other medical equipment. The manufacturing company must have a valid license to produce such products.
The staff at our Guangzhou branch works in our office, inspection and support work is carried out at the sites of our production partners. In contrast, the staff at our Hong Kong office will continue to work in home office mode as a precaution.
As of today, apart from our colleague who died of the CORONA flu, no other CHD employee in Lahr, but also none of our CHD employees in Hong Kong and China and none of the We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page (this week no modification of actions necessary). The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 03 April 2020

With reference to our last statement of March 27, 2020, we would like to inform you about the current development of the Corona Virus Epidemic with regard to our company.
China and Hong Kong have tightened again measures to protect themselves against imported cases of infection. For people coming to China from abroad, a strict two-week quarantine is mandatory.
The life in China seems to normalize step by step, although many measures are still in place.
The capacity at our production partner is no longer a problem. Due to the considerable decline in orders resulting from the economic impact of government measures in most countries worldwide (shut-downs), some of our production partners have already started to reduce their capacity.
The development of infection cases in Europe and the USA is a continuing cause for concern. The number of corona flu infections has increased dramatically in most cases. The USA stands out in particular, but the number of people suffering from corona flu has also increased in the major European economies. There are considerable differences in the mortality rates in the individual countries, which allows conclusions to be drawn about the advanced nature of the epidemic and the quality of the health care system. (link global situation)
We are pleased to have implemented the measure of setting up a home office for our staff. Last weekend it turned out that one of our employees working in the home office had fallen ill with the coronavirus. As a precaution we sent the employees to the home office quarantine for 14 days, although they had no direct contact with the sick employee.
In the meantime our business operations run smoothly in the home office. The necessary work is done immediately and the production of the current orders is secured.
The risk of delays in delivery due to the high volume of medical material in backlog at Chinese airports including Hong Kong continues to be an issue and hinders the company's ability to ensure reliable delivery dates. The shipment of medical material enjoys priority.
The staff in our branch in Guangzhou is back to normal. They are working in the office, inspection and supportive jobs are carried out at the sites of our production partners. In contrast to this the staff of our Hong Kong office remain in home office mode, as infected international travellers coming to Hong Kong had suddenly increased the number of infected there.
As of today, one of our CHD employees in Lahr, but none of our CHD employees in Hong Kong and China and none of our production partners employees have fallen ill with the CORONA flu.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 27 March 2020

Referring to our last statement dated 20 March 2020, in the following we inform you about the current development of the Corona Virus Epidemic.
Last week China seemed to have the worst behind it. This Friday, China announced to close its border again, because they fear a second wave of the Epidemic. Visitors from abroad must stay in quarantine for 14 days.
In the meantime all our production partners and most of their suppliers have reached full capacity.
The situation in Europe and the USA is very worrying. The infection figures have increased dramatically, especially in Italy and the USA, but all other countries are also showing more or less sharply rising infection figures. Mortality rate is increasing rapidly. In Italy, Spain and France, not all seriously ill CORONA patients can be treated. The chances of recovery decide on a treatment. The reason for this is the insufficient number of intensive care units with respirators. (link global situation)
Our measure to shifting our work to home office has been completed by last Tuesday. Now we have to get used to this situation. Efficient communication in such environment is the key for the functionality of the operational business under home office conditions.
We have now minimized the risk of infection of any of our employees.
The production of current orders and the processing of projects is proceeding satisfactorily, but due to the gradual closure of the shops and the shut-down of most of the travelling activities, the number of projects requested has dropped significantly.
The risk of shipment delays due to backlogs of merchandize waiting to be shipped from Hong Kong or China remains evident and might delay the shipments of some of our orders. The rates for air freight cost a fortune, 4-5 times more compared to normal rates.
The staff in our branch in Guangzhou is working in the office, inspection and supportive jobs are carried out at the sites of our production partners. In contrast to this the staff of our Hong Kong office is back to home office as imported CORONA infections led to an increased infection number in Hong Kong.
As of today, neither one of our CHD employees nor one of our production partners employees have fallen ill with the CORONA flu.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 20 March 2020

Referring to our statement dated 13 March 2020, in the following we inform you about the current development of the Corona Virus Epidemic.
China seems to have the worst behind it. This week, for the first time in one day, no new infections were reported from Mainland China. The recovery of the sick is making further progress.
All our production partners and most of their suppliers should have reached full capacity by the end of March.
Much more worrying at the moment are the reports from Europe of the rapid spread of the corona epidemic in many European countries and the USA. As a result, the sales areas for our products are also increasingly affected.
In Italy, the number of people infected with the Corona virus has risen particularly sharply. What is still alarming here is the proportion of victims this crisis has claimed in Italy. On Thursday, for the first time, the corona epidemic claimed in total more lives in Italy than in China.
We have drawn the consequences from this development and have gradually shifted our work to the home office. This measure will be completed by mid of coming week. Our focus is on the functionality of the operational business in the home office.
We are thus minimizing the risk of infection of any of our employees.
Meanwhile, the production of current orders and the processing of projects is proceeding satisfactorily.
The risk of shipment delays due to backlogs of merchandize waiting to be shipped from Hong Kong or China remains and might delay the shipments of some of our orders.
The staff in our branch in Guangzhou as in our Hong Kong office is back to normal. The staff is working in the office, inspection and supportive jobs are carried out at the sites of our production partners.
We are happy to let you know, that as of today, neither one of our CHD employees nor one of our production partners employees have fallen ill with the CORONA flu.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 13 March 2020

Referring to our statement dated 06 March 2020, in the following we would like to inform you about the current development of the Corona Virus Epidemic.
The situation in China seems to be more and more under control. The daily number of new infected people in China has dropped this week to a very minor number. The number of recovered people in China is on a good way.
We can also report a positive trend regarding rebuilding the capacity at our production partner's factories in China. Lack of capacity will most probably not be an issue from end of March on. Most of the factories of our production partners will be back to the full capacity load, even though it is still not easy to acquire workers from the street.
We are closely monitoring the situation and performance at our production partners and support them in any possible aspect.
Most of the delivery dates for samples & orders could be confirmed. Our sales staff has informed you in the meantime, in case your order is one of the rare cases, where the production is delayed.
The risk of shipment delays due to backlogs of merchandize waiting to be shipped from Hong Kong or China remains and might delay the shipments of some of our orders.
The staff in our branch in Guangzhou as in our Hong Kong office continues to work most of the time in home office, but inspection and supportive jobs are carried out at the sites of our production partners.
On the other hand the number of infections especially in parts of Europe is growing very fast. We observe a higher number of daily new infections and a significant lower number of recoveries. This led to the fact that certain regions in Europe have been declared as risk areas. These risk areas include since this Wednesday the eastern parts of France – especially our neighbor region Alsace
Since this Thursday, 4 of our employees resident in Alsace work in home office.
Furthermore, we have instructed our sales representatives to discontinue their sales activities in risk areas and otherwise reduce them to the minimum necessary.
To ensure the maintenance of our business operations under all circumstances, we proactively made a major decision on Tuesday to prepare for the worst case, i.e. in case the authorities close down our company due to a CORONA virus infection of one of our employees.
This requires us to implement virtually all workstations in the home office as well. In this way we also prevent instructed measures such as kindergarten or school closures etc., i.e. all cases in which employees do not have to stay at home due to illness.
Preparations for this project are already underway. The implementation of this project will take 1-2 weeks.
Our employees have been informed this Friday morning in our head office in Lahr about the mentioned additional measures for protection against the virus.
Yesterday's decision by Donald Trump to ban Europeans from entering the USA for 4 weeks, has no effect on our company.
As a small consolation, we are left with the news that as of today, neither one of our CHD employees nor one of our production partners employees have fallen ill with the CORONA flu.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 06 March 2020

Referring to our statement dated 28 February 2020, in the following we would like to inform you about the current development of the Corona Virus Epidemic.
While the number of new infected people in China is less compared to the number of recovered people, the number of infected people in the rest of the world is rising: South Korea, Italy and Iran report about a significant growing numbers of infected people. Nearly all other European countries report about Corona Virus infections, including Germany.
This development has prompted us to inform our employees in our head office in Lahr about additional measures for protection against the virus, which they must observe. These include for example travel restrictions for risk areas.
In this situation, our branch in Guangzhou is a big help, as our colleagues in China work independently. Due to the suspended business trips to China, we make intensive use of video conferences for the time being.
Our production partners report about ongoing difficulties to acquire workers, but nevertheless the efforts start paying off. Therefore we remain carefully optimistic, that the targeted recovery of the production should be possible until end of March.
All CHD production partners have reopened their production sites in the meantime; however, the availability of workers remains a big challenge. We managed to receiving priorities in their production schedules.
We are closely monitoring the situation and performance at our production partners by continuously supporting them in any possible aspect.
All important suppliers of our production partners managed to start their productions in the meantime.
As we promised last week, we are able to informing you about the delivery situation of samples & orders, which have been placed until today. The majority of orders will be produced in time. Our sales staff will proactively inform you, in case your order should be one of the rare cases where the production is late.
However for new projects we might have to expect delays.
The staff in our branch in Guangzhou as in our Hong Kong office continues to work most of the time in home office, but inspection and supportive jobs are carried out at the sites of our production partners.
As of today, neither one of our CHD employees nor one of our production partners employees have fallen ill with the CORONA flu.
But what we can't say at the moment is, whether the backlog of merchandize waiting to be shipped from Hong Kong or China might delay the departure of some of our shipments.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 28 Febrary 2020

Referring to our last statement regarding the Corona Virus infections in China, dated 21 February 2020, we would like to share with you our latest information below.
There is not much change compared to last week as the number of infections in China is overall stable. Chinese officials reported this week that their drastic containment efforts, including quarantining tens of millions of people in Hubei and restricting movements in cities nationwide, have continued to pay off. In the province of Guangdong, the figures continue to develop satisfactorily: The number of infections remained stable. We are carefully optimistic about our production partners, who are mostly located in the province
of Guangdong. Under the assumption, that there is no relapse in the number of new infections, the targeted recovery of the production should be possible until end of March.
The remaining obstacle of significant reduced public transportation in China makes it still very difficult for the workers, who are trying to travel back to restart working in their factories, or to look for a new job. But other than last week the Chinese government is providing special train services in certain areas in order to ease traveling difficulties.
With one exception, all of CHD production partners have reopened their production sites in the meantime; however, the availability of workers is still very limited due to the above mentioned.
They all continue to work hard to bringing back the capacity to 100%. The targeted full recovery of the production should be possible until end of March. In the meantime we are continuing to put all efforts to receiving priorities in their production schedules.
We are closely monitoring the situation and performance at our production partners by continuously supporting them in any possible aspect.
For the majority of running orders we do not face general issues, but for new projects we might have to expect delays.
The suppliers of our production partners are still facing similar challenges, but most of them managed to start their productions as well.
The staff of our branch in Guangzhou is supporting, that our production partners observe the directives of the local Chinese Government.
Still this week as well as for the coming week, the staff in our branch in Guangzhou and also in our Hong Kong office mostly works in home office, but inspection and supportive jobs are carried out at the sites of our production partners.
We are happy to share with you that as of today, neither one of our CHD employees nor one of our production partners' employees have fallen ill with the CORONA flu.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
We hope, we are able to start informing you by beginning of March about delivery situation of pending orders & samples.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 21 February 2020

Referring to our last statement regarding the Corona Virus infections in China, dated 14 February 2020, we would like to share with you our latest information below.
Chinese officials said this week their drastic containment efforts, including quarantining tens of millions of people in Hubei and restricting movements in cities nationwide, have started to pay off. According to the information available to us, the number of infections is overall stable.
Especially in the province of Guangdong, the number is stable, which is a positive sign for our production partners, who are mostly located in this southern province.
The ongoing difficulties of public transportation in China makes it very difficult for the workers, who are trying to travel back to restart working in their factories, or to look for a new job.
The majority of CHD production partners have reopened their production in the meantime; however, the availability of workers is very limited due to the above mentioned. They all work hard to bringing back the capacity to 100%. This should be realistically possible until end of March. In the meantime we are putting all efforts to receiving priorities in their production schedules.
We are closely monitoring the situation and performance at our production partners by continuously supporting them in any possible aspect.
For the majority of running orders we do not face general issues, but for new projects we have to expect delays.
The suppliers of our production partners face similar challenges, but most of them managed to start their productions already or will soon reopen.
The staff of our branch in Guangzhou is supporting, that our production partners observe the directives of the local Chinese Government.
The staff in our branch in Guangzhou as in our Hong Kong office still mostly work in home office.
As of today, neither one of our CHD employees nor one of our production partners employees have fallen ill with the CORONA flu.
We will continue to monitor the further development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are continuously practiced at the various locations of our company.
We hope, we are able to start informing you by beginning of March about delivery situation of pending orders & samples.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 14 February 2020

Referring to our last statement regarding the Corona Virus infections in China, dated 07 February 2020, we would like to share with you our latest information below.
While the number of infections is increasing, still workers are travelling back to restart working in their factories or to look for a new job.
The majority of CHD production partners report about having received the approval from the local Chinese Government to reopen the production in the coming week (cw 08). However, the restrictions for reopening of productions are very strict. Also, the number of workers expected to be available is not allowing those factories to let the production run at full load.
Based on the directives of the local Chinese Government, they have instructed rules and implemented measures, the workers have to follow when coming to the factories and during their stay in the production and in the dormitories. Visitors also face strict regulations, in case visits to the factories cannot be avoided (Sanitation and Hygiene measures as well as temperature measurements and rules of conduct).
After evaluation of the completed questionnaires of our production partners, which they update for us weekly, we assume that a good number of our production partners will reopen their factories coming Monday. At the moment, the greatest uncertainty is the speed at which business performance can be ramped up to full capacity.
All our production partners are very keen to get back to normal production performance as quickly as possible, especially as fixed costs are constantly being incurred. Safety first is the highest principle for all of our production partners in order to avoid any risk of infection in the factories or dormitories, because this would lead to an immediate stop of the entire production.
The resumption of the production will also lead to the fact that in the course of the coming week the dispatch of samples by air freight will be started. In this context the question arises to what extent the CORONA virus can survive in sample consignments in order to be contagious when opening the consignments. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) has clearly denied this question.
We will continue to monitor the development of the CORONA epidemic very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, are in the meantime in place and practiced at the various locations of our company.
Our branch in Guangzhou has resumed its activities on February 10th – for safety's sake still mostly in home office. The same we can report about our Hong Kong office.
As of today, neither one of our CHD employees nor one of our production partners employees have fallen ill with the CORONA flu.
We are closely monitoring the situation and performance at our production partners by supporting them in any possible aspect.
Once more we have to put you off with a statement about delivery situation of pending orders & samples.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

Statement on 07 February 2020

Referring to our last statement regarding the Corona Virus infections in China, dated 31 January 2020, we want to share with you our latest information.
While the number of infections and deaths is continuously rising especially in the area of Wuhan, the factories are preparing the reopening beginning in the coming week (cw 07). But before being able to reopen, all Chinese factories have to get an approval from the local Chinese Government 5 days in advance. They have to submit information of all employees to the labour department about the health status including the information, if they have travelled to Hubei or have passed Hubei on their way. With the approval, the companies China receive directives, instructing rules and measures, the companies have to follow when opening again (Sanitation and Hygiene measures as well as temperature measurements).
It is strictly forbidden to allow any Hubei people start working before an official announcement from the Government.
The measure of Hong Kong Government to isolate visitors from China for 2 weeks (all nationalities including Hong Kong passport holders) does not affect us too much, as most of our production partners are pure Chinese companies without headquarter in Hong Kong. At two Hong Kong based production partners with factories in China, the management setup in China does allow them to run the factories in China independently.
We continue to monitor the development of the incident very closely in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page. The measures prescribed by us, have been initiated in the meantime at the various locations of our company.
We informed our production partners in China last Wednesday about measures they should implement at their factories before opening coming Monday to minimize the risk of uncontrolled spread of the Corona Virus infection. Furthermore we ask them to update a 1-page-questionnaire once a week and send back to us.
At this moment we are not 100% sure, whether the China Government's green light for resuming production on coming Monday will survive this weekend. Any worsening of the situation during the weekend can lead to a further delay of the opening of the factories. All production partners presently report about a limited number of available workers due to the travel ban (20% - 40%). In the meantime 4 of our production partners have decided to postpone the reopening of the production by 1 more week to February 17. The reason is, that there will be massive travel activities in China in the coming few days, which increases the risk of cross infection. This measure is appreciated by the Chinese government.
According to the current status, our branch in Guangzhou will resume its activities on February 10 – mostly in home office. The same we can report about our Hong Kong office.
We are happy to say, that neither one of our CHD employees nor one of our production partners employees have fallen ill so far with the CORONA flu.
We expect to have a clearer picture during the coming, when the return rate and the number of available workers is more transparent to us. The 2 weeks incubation period of the returned and potentially infected people is another aspect to be closely monitored. At this moment it is still not possible to say anything concrete about the delivery situation of pending orders & samples.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global

First statement on 31 January 2020

The alarming news about the Corona Virus infections in China during the last few days has automatically led to analysis and prevention measures in our company, which are being implemented in accordance with our business continuity plan. The respective status of the individual activities can be seen in the overview at the top of this page.
The vast majority of our production partner companies in China are located within Guangdong province. The provincial government has issued an order stating that all kinds of enterprises in the administrative region return to work no earlier than midnight of February 10th. Of course this applies to all our production partner companies as well as to our branch office in Guangzhou.
At the moment we can say that none of our CHD employees has fallen ill with the CORONA flu.
According to the current status, our production partner companies and our branch in Guangzhou will resume their activities on February 10th. Due to a rather low share of approximately 10% of employees from the provincial capital of Hubei (Wuhan) and the extended surrounding area, which is particularly affected by the Corona Virus, there will be a lower risk of capacity bottlenecks for us when production starts.
To minimize the risk of negative effects, we have commissioned our production partner companies and our branch in Guangzhou with the following measures in advance:
  1. All workers and employees from the Hubei / Wuhan area, in case they are still there due to CNY, are requested to remain at their place of residence until further instructions.
  2. All other workers who return to the factory will have their temperature measured immediately upon arrival. The temperature of all employees will then be measured regularly every morning and entered in a list.
  3. If someone has an elevated temperature or even fever, the respective employee is immediately asked to go to an isolated area and stay there until further examinations are carried out and a decision is made whether further treatment in a hospital is necessary.
  4. All production partner companies are instructed, to close labour capacity gaps by return and not wait for workers and employees from the Hubei / Wuhan area.
  5. Special hygiene measures are regularly carried out throughout the company by using disinfectant cleaning agents.
  6. All visitors are requested to wear proper breathing masks (at least FFP2).
At the top of this page you find an overview of the individual activities regarding our business continuity plan.
Our statement will be updated continuously.
Best regards
Bernd Dahlinger, Managing Partner 
Martin Lowicki, Head of Supply Chain Global