Personal words from the Board: We keep going.
The corona virus has the world firmly in its grip and life does not run in normal orbit. This presents unprecedented challenges to all of us.
The impact on the global economy is already enormous. At Bertrandt, we are affected just as much as our customers and partners.
In these extraordinary times, we bear a special responsibility for our more than 13,500 employees and for the society as a whole. We are doing everything in our power to protect our colleagues, to reduce the risk of infection to the lowest possible level and thus to contain the spread of the virus.
In recent weeks we have been working hard to maintain the performance of the entire Bertrandt Group. Pandemic plans have been rolled out and a task force is working day and night. To achieve this, colleagues have pushed the limits of their capabilities and gone beyond them. For this extraordinary commitment, as well as that of the entire workforce, which is pulling together and holding together in this difficult situation, we would like to say one thing - thank you!
Unusual times also require unusual measures for Bertrandt. In order to secure jobs in the long term, we are considering the use of short-time work. In addition, the entire management makes an active contribution to improving the economic situation with reduced compensation.
We continue to support our customers in current and new assignments. Wherever possible and the work situation permits, our employees work on a mobile basis. There are currently around 4,500, and the trend is rising. We are aware of the new challenges that this contains. That's why it's okay if not everything is running smoothly in these extraordinary times. Thanks to TISAX/VDA-ISA certification and our powerful IT infrastructure, we continue to enable professional and secure project work.
We are doing everything in our power to deliver all projects in the usual Bertrandt quality and to overcome this crisis. We keep going, in German „wir machen weiter“.
In the background, we are preparing ourselves to be a reliable and strong partner when the industry re-starts and as soon the situation normalizes. We will again be involved in shaping the future of digitalization, autonomous driving, networking and electromobility to the usual extent.
We have recently launched the #wirmachenweiter communication campaign. Although the coming weeks and months will demand a lot from us, we are convinced that we will overcome this crisis together.
Stay healthy and take care of each other.
Hans Gerd Claus, Michael Lücke, Markus Ruf