The health crisis we have been experiencing since the spring has forced us to rethink how we operate. Our internal organization and supplier relationships are at the heart of this change to move us towards a more agile and connected industry.
Assessment of the first wave: Production slowed down with delayed orders to prioritize urgent and sanitary demands. Our Employees immediately mobilized to participate in the collective effort and manufacture Li-ion batteries for our medical customers; for example, with Air Liquid, one of our historic customers, to power mobile artificial respirators.
Following these events and in order to optimize our delivery times, we have implemented a system of automation of orders by offering a specific space to our customers on the ARTS Energy website.
They will be able to make quotes and order standard batteries without going through our support services. This new platform will be launched in the first quarter of 2021.
Summary of the first wave: Some of our suppliers have stopped supplying us with electrical and electronic components, essential to the manufacture of batteries. As a result, production slowed sharply in the second quarter of 2020.
Action was needed and one of our priorities was to double our sources of supply to reduce dependence on too few suppliers with whom we have built relationships of trust.
For example, we have strengthened our relationship with one of our strategic suppliers, the Corun Group in China, a manufacturer of high-tech batteries.
They also helped us by providing masks for all ARTS Energy staff starting in April 2020.
Assessment of the first wave: The different stakeholders of the company, employees and social partners have shown a lot of flexibility and commitment to ensure the production of priority orders.
Sanitary measures have been put in place on site to protect employees who must be present to ensure the continuity of the activity : supply of 2 masks per day and visors, temperature measurement at the entrance of the factory, organization of breaks with a larger rotation, cleaning of premises by an outside company, planning of collective spaces with 4 square meters per person and awareness about social distancing.
We have also changed our organizational processes and strengthened our infrastructure to allow all employees to work safely and in good conditions. Telework from home is encouraged on positions that can have direct access to all company resources remotely.
Please stay safe, stay connected.