With COVID-19 officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, we have been putting global measures into place to protect our 2,600 employees worldwide, our customers and our communities, while making the best efforts to ensure continuity in business activities and customer service.
On 12th March, we took the proactive decision to have all our commercial teams, and all other employees who can, work remotely.
On 19th March, due to the rapidly changing situation in all countries, to minimise health risks and to help local authorities stop the spread of COVID-19, we decided to temporarily suspend production at 4 of our European factories, namely Spain, France, Hungary and Portugal, until 5th April. That was the right and responsible decision at that time.
As of 6th April, activities progressively restarted in our factories in Hungary, Portugal and France. This decision was taken in line with local government regulations to support the local economies while ensuring the health and safety of all employees.
As of 14th April, production at our factory in Spain is also gradually resuming.
A special task force, set-up at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, has implemented strict procedures to guarantee maximum protection for all of our personnel working in all of our factories.
Activities at our factories in South Africa remain suspended until 4th May, following the decision of the South African President to extend the national lockdown until the end of April.
Our factories in China, Ukraine and Australia are fully operational.
We will continue to review the situation and monitor the on-going developments in each country and will re-evaluate our plans accordingly to support the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
We remain committed to customer excellence now and in the future. While production gradually resumes, our commercial teams continue to work remotely (lighting studies, order processing, research & development...). We are available to support you and answer any questions you may have.
All travel and on-site training sessions have been cancelled and local events have been aligned in accordance with local health authority guidelines. We will update you as and when there are further developments.
As a family-owned industrial group with more than a century-long history, the Schréder Group is committed to following the highest standards in strict compliance with each countries authorities’ indications. We are very proud of our employees, who throughout the outbreak, have shown a high sense of duty and strong commitment to the company's values.
We are thankful for the expressed support from many customers and ensure that we are doing our best efforts to ensure our commitments towards them, while contributing to society.
For over 112 years, Schréder, our customers, and the communities we serve, have faced challenges, big and small, and come through them all by supporting each other and working together. By taking these actions, we wish to slow down the spread of this virus, avoid overloading health care systems and minimise the potential impact on people’s lives.
COVID-19 is an evolving situation. We will update this page as and when there are further developments.
Take care of yourself, your family and your community.