March 20th, 2020

Impact of the Corona crisis on HOERBIGER sites in Germany

The corona virus is causing a standstill among automotive manufacturers. At its automotive sites in Schongau, Penzberg, and Oberstenfeld, the HOERBIGER Group is responding with short-time work and temporary plant closures. The HOERBIGER site in Altenstadt is in a different state of emergency: Key components for respiratory equipment are produced at the plant.

The Corona crisis is having an impact on the automotive industry worldwide. Numerous vehicle manufacturers have closed their plants in Europe until further notice. This development is also affecting suppliers to the industry. HOERBIGER is reacting to this with temporary short-time work at the Schongau, Penzberg, and Oberstenfeld locations. The plants will stop their production on a large scale or even completely starting next week.

The partial and complete shutdowns will affect a large number of employees from the Strategic Business Units Drive Technology and Compression Technology. HOERBIGER is in discussion with the employee representatives at the sites in order to find a suitable solution for the affected employees.

At HOERBIGER Flow Control GmbH in Altenstadt, however, the situation is quite different. It is at the forefront of crisis management: "Our piezo valves are key components for respirators," says Managing Director Philipp Baldermann. "We have large orders from Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK." In some cases, quantities are called off within a month that would otherwise correspond to annual requirements.