Important Information

Basel, 17 January 2022

Coronavirus Communication

Continued fully operational production – building activities for investments continuing – increased safety measures in place – selected long-haul logistic routes challenging – raw material, supplies, and energy cost increasingly expensive

Dear Customer

Jungbunzlauer continues to monitor the development of the pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19) very closely. This letter is dated 17 January 2022 and will be updated regularly. In general, the number of COVID-19 infections is again increasing in many countries, especially in Europe. Our safety measures remain at highest standards and even exceed the measures defined by local governments. We are continuously able to supply products to our valued customers and will stay alert to react fast and efficient if the general pandemic situation deteriorated furthermore.

We are still experiencing a reduced general availability of selected commodities and supplies and, even more so, a significant increase in cost for raw materials and energy. Especially the surplus demand of our products can only be realised at higher cost and with limited to no flexibility on short-term demand schedules. We are in close contact with our customers and prioritise on the flow of goods while working on securing raw material at competitive conditions.

On-site/physical audits will continue to be restricted to essential audits only. We have worked on developing a remote audit format and first experiences were very positive. We see this as a very viable alternative, at least on an interim basis.

Our travel activities are still mostly on hold but we have engaged in selected physical meetings with customers again, following all necessary and recommended safety measures. As an organisation, we are fully prepared to move back to a remote working setup for respective functions if and when needed and/or required. Moving forward we are still optimistic to be able to reduce the time to meet virtually in exchange for more face-to-face interaction in a secure and real environment.

Building activities
In compliance with the different local restrictions, all project activities are continuing in the different countries so that availability of additional supply possibilities for our customers are not going to be delayed substantially.

Supply chain security
We are in permanent contact with our forwarders and distribution partners to discuss transport routes in critical regions and discuss alternative routes and possibilities. In general, the availability of trucks in Europe and the US is stabile. We continue to experience significant delays in shipments from Europe to overseas locations. Especially deliveries to the United States are currently several weeks delayed. The duration of this supply chain bottleneck is hard to predict. We believe, however, that we will have to deal with this situation far into 2022 and we expect transportation cost to remain at very high rates, especially for long-haul transportation.
In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your sales representatives.

Concluding words
The health and well-being of all our employees, colleagues and their families are priority number one. We are very much aware that many customers and, hence, consumers rely on our ability to supply our products. We do our utmost to stay fully operational, have increased safety measures in place and continue to operate in a fast, efficient and responsible manner.

Stay safe and sound.

With best regards,
Jungbunzlauer International AG

Tom Knutzen            Stephan Müller
CEO         VP Sales