2020-03-20 - Impact of Corona crisis on German HOERBIGER locations

The Coronavirus is bringing automakers to a halt. At its automotive locations in Schongau, Penzberg and Oberstenfeld, the HOERBIGER Group is responding with reduced working hours and temporary plant closures. The HOERBIGER site in Altenstadt is in a different kind of state of emergency: the plant manufactures key components for respirators.

The Corona crisis is impacting the automobile industry worldwide. Numerous vehicle manufacturers have closed their plants in Europe until further notice. This development is also affecting the suppliers in the industry. HOERBIGER is responding by temporarily reduced working hours at the Schongau, Penzberg and Oberstenfeld locations. Starting next week, the plants will drastically reduce or even completely halt production.

Most employees from the Drive Technology and Compression Technology Strategic Business Units are affected by the partial and full closures. HOERBIGER is conducting talks with the employee representatives of the locations to find a suitable solution for affected employees.

At the same time, the situation is very different at HOERBIGER Flow Control GmbH. The plant is on the front line of crisis management efforts: "Our piezo valves are a key component for respirators," explains Managing Director Philipp Baldermann. "We have major orders from Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom." In some cases, current monthly orders are exceeding the normal annual volume.