24.07.2020 - Influence of COVID-19 on Business Operations

Update (July 24, 2020):

At which point do “exceptional circumstances” morph into everyday activities? Alysium’s operations have adapted to meet customer’s and business requirements within the governmental restrictions / guidelines, and these “special arrangements” are now mostly routine.

In Germany, we have introduced reduced working hours to better manage the contemporary challenges.  We have also already welcomed some customers and suppliers to our HQ, to address postponed meetings, audits and technical discussions. External meetings do however remain discouraged, unless essential. A healthy balance between “working from home” and being office based is being maintained for most staff members.

In Malaysia is operating under “Recovery MCO (movement control order) until August 31, 2020.

Our production in Perak, and operations in North America will continue the current working arrangements. Production in other locations is proceeding without restrictions.

Logistics supply chains are mostly back to normal, barring the noticeably increased prices.
As always, stay safe, and looking forward to getting through this with you together!

Matthew SIMONS

 

 

 

 

 

Update (May 25, 2020):

Much of Europe is slowly relaxing the restrictions associated with social gatherings. Alysium is also easing our operational restrictions, on our way to the “new normal”. This path considers Governmental guidelines and legislation, common sense, health and business priorities.

Alysium Germany has welcomed a number of staff back to the office. Department representation is still split between “working from home” and office based, to ensure continuity of service, should an infection occur. Sanitisation, social distancing and other (in the meantime, common) rules remain in force.

Malaysia is celebrating Hari Raya (public) holidays, and our Subang office will return on May 28. Alysium Malaysia will follow as phased re-start, similar to Alysium Germany. Our production in Perak, and operations in North America will continue the current working arrangements. Production locations is other locations are working without restrictions.

Transport / Logistics restrictions from capacity limitations and flight availability endures. We are experiencing slower transit times and with increased costs, which needs to be factored into project / delivery timelines.

As always, stay safe, and looking forward to getting through this with you together!

Matthew SIMONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update (April 22, 2020):

It has been quite surprising how resilient the organisation and supply chain have been, when faced with these unprecedented challenges. 15 years ago, without the levels of connectivity we have today, the situation would have been incomparable (and certainly intolerable).

Alysium Germany is still practicing “working from home” with only a skeleton team in the office. We are however watching governmental guidelines very closely, with regards to slowly relaxing the current structure.

The Malaysian government has again extended the Movement Control Order (MCO) until April 28 (whilst neighbouring Singapore is extending the lockdown until June 1). Our production in Perak still operates thanks to our Critical Supplier status, and issues relating to shortages through local suppliers have been addressed.

Staff in North America are also working from home and can be reached via the usual contact methods.

Production and operations in China, primarily relating to our automotive businesses, are effectively back to normal, which is inspirational.

Global freight forwarding services are where the main problems are now coming from. Routings are being severely affected, as is capacity and availability. Extended production lockdowns in Malaysia (and Singapore) have resulted in cargo being transferred to Europe via China, from direct routings. The Chinese hubs are, in turn, overloaded and are therefore prioritising shipments below 50kgs and medical equipment. As our weekly consolidated shipment between Malaysia and Germany is typically 500~700kg, this remains a consistent challenge for our Logistics staff, which they are still managing well (where there is a will, there is usually a way)!

Our sample production in Germany continues to manufacture face shields for local hospitals.
And fortunately, still no diagnosed cases among our staff and their families.

Stay safe, and looking forward to getting through this with you together!

Matthew SIMONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update (April 6, 2020):

Alysium is still hard at work, utilising the previously described business structures. These “special conditions” will endure for min. another 2 weeks, whereupon a further review will take place.

The Malaysian government has extended the Movement Control Order (MCO) until April 14. Our production in Perak still operates thanks to our Critical Supplier status, however many of our local suppliers may not. As such, we are starting to see shortages in the Supply Chain of some consumable items.

Production and operations in China, primarily relating to our automotive businesses, are effectively back to normal, which is inspirational.

Global freight forwarding services are facing ever more severe challenges through the detrimental effects of the nCoV restrictions. Issues such as airfreight capacity are becoming more acute. We are watching this issue very closely, and managing as best we can.

Our sample production has manufactured 27 face shields for local hospitals.
Fortunately, still no diagnosed cases among our staff or their families.
Stay safe!

Matthew SIMONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update (March 24, 2020):

Alysium’s global operational condition remains fundamentally unchanged since the last update. The world is different, as are our operational structures, however we continue to run smoothly in this new guise. 


In Germany, remaining office based staff each of their own “safe areas” within our facilities; to ensure social distancing and compliance with the “max 2 people per well ventilated room” policy. 
Additionally, we have initiated use of our sample production resources to support the production of medical supplies, such as face shields for local medical facilities (https://open-diy-projects.com/doityourself-gesichtschutz-faceshield/) . 

In Malaysia, the government has extended the MCO (Movement Control Order) from March 31, to April 14, which means that our Sales and Engineering office in Subang (Kuala Lumpur) will remain closed, however staff remain available online and by phone, and shipments are continuing. 

Our production in Perak is operating under an exceptions notice, due to our position as a Key Supplier to various essential industries, incl. medical (under plant certification of ISO 13485). Attendance is based on staff members’ individual circumstances, with an emphasis on their and general society health and safety. As such, we are not operating at full capacity, and minor delays of non-critical parts could occur. Active management of the prioritisation process is ongoing. Finally, our freight forwarding services continue to support to this business, however many other airlines have announced a hiatus in their service to Malaysia. This has no impact on current business, but does represent an elimination of a further transportation safety net. 

Production and operations in China, primarily relating to our automotive businesses, are fully operational and working hard. 

Fortunately, we can continue to report no diagnosed cases among our staff or their families. 

We wish all good health in these unique times and thank you for your continuous support, sense of community and contribution to resolving this challenge together. 


Matthew SIMONS 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Update (March 17, 2020):

Malaysia has been placed under nationwide movement control order (under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and well as the Police Act 1967) from March 18 to March 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

With the enforcement of this order, Alysium’s office in Malaysia will remain closed during this time. Our factory is allowed to operate with restrictions, subject to a daily attendance review on site, but also the regular review of COVID-19 development in Malaysia in general, by the respective authorities. As such production capacity is likely to be reduced and delays may occur. We hope our operation will be back to normal on Wednesday, 1st April 2020.

Any inconvenience is very much regretted and we wish you “Stay Safe and Healthy Always”.

Fortunately, we have no diagnosed cases among our staff (globally) or their families.

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Implementing elements of our Business Continuity Plan (BCP), the following actions have already been undertaken:

  • ALYSIUM personnel are operating from Home Office, wherever possible. Telephone extensions are being forwarded, hence your contact person is still available.
  • International and National staff travel has been cancelled until further notice.
  • We will continue our support via Telephone, GoToMeeting, email and other online communication tools.
  • Precautions in offices have been increased, incl. increased cleaning frequency with daily disinfection of common areas, face mask provision and greater separation of working spaces.
  • Daily review and Impact Analysis of the developing situation, communication information where appropriate