“Now we are on track, but we are facing new challenges. During the first semester of 2021, orders will catch up with catch-up effects and design new products in a safe and sustainable way. We have benefited from both our customers’ strategic needs to invest in state-of-the-art technology equipment to produce them .. Strong sales continue, but severe cost inflation and supply chain constraints I’m facing it. ” UCMTF President, Hugues Schellenberg Said in a press release.
Fil Control provides electronic controls for machines that manufacture or process yarn. “For sensors, electronic components are important. Manufacturers such as STMicroelectronics, Texas Instrument, and Microchip have extended delivery times for many components from 8 weeks in 2020 to more than 84 weeks today. Some do not even provide delivery date confirmation and require an 18-month order plan without cancellation or change, and the average price of such components has risen dramatically. Did.” FilControl’s Cedric Schlicher, Said.
According to the French Association of Textile Manufacturers (UCMTF), French textile equipment is on track after a pandemic. With the hit of COVID-19, many customers’ projects were postponed and textile factories around the world were closed for weeks or months, resulting in a significant reduction in even parts sales.
“Our solution is to mobilize the R & D department to find an equivalent or change the design of the product to avoid using the missing components. If an equivalent or redesign is not possible. The last way is to use a so-called “electronic broker” that resells the stock at 5-20 times the original price. By strengthening inventory policies in advance and constantly collaborating between R & D / sales / purchasing departments, FilControl demonstrates flexibility and resilience. We have adapted our organization and built a solution to keep our delivery services as high as possible in this current situation, “Schlicher explained.
Dollfus & Muller hasn’t built any electronics into its equipment, but it still has to face global logistics hurdles. “In many cases, we had to change our production programs so that we could deliver almost all orders on time. Fortunately, we had an inventory of raw materials that allowed us to switch from one production program to another. Yes. For a significant increase in logistics prices, we had to discuss with our customers at least to share the cost increase and responsibly raise the price. As far as we know, we are probably facing the same challenges. I’ve found a good customer. Expect 2022 to return to reasonable pricing and timing. ” As Schellenberg Dollfus & Muller CEO..
Another specialty equipment manufacturer, Ebelmann, offers specialized precision machinery primarily for loom spare parts, with orders returning significantly from the beginning of the year and now above pre-pandemic levels. increase.
“Delivery is longer than usual due to delayed receipt of raw materials, especially steel and tungsten carbide. Raw material procurement has become a very time consuming part of our activities and delivery times are tense to our customers. Another cause of tension with them is the rising prices we are suffering from these raw materials and energy. We can’t absorb these raw materials with a margin, so we pass on these increased costs to our customers. need to do it.” Ebelmann CEO, Laurent Lejosne, Said.
“Our customers and we are on track and are back above pre-pandemic activity levels, but face new challenges in the short and long term. We are customer-oriented. We continue to focus on R & D and implementing global customer service strategies. These strategies have helped us build strong momentum and overcome the crisis before the COVID crisis. They are balanced. It will continue to be the right strategy for providing growth and value, “Schellenberg concludes.
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