During the big trouble of course, you can warm your hands, but you can just do their business, which suddenly has become extremely popular. DW – with a few bright examples.
In any crisis there are those who prey on the difficulties and even misfortunes of others. In this article we are not talking about them. And those German companies, which, thanks to its know-how was in terms of a pandemic of coronavirus particularly in demand – and now honestly earn their work a good money.
Tests for coronavirus from Berlin 2,50 Euro
For a successful fight against the pandemic coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, you must quickly and accurately identify the infected. And for that we need rapid tests. Small tertiary Berlin biotechnology company TIB Molbiol Syntheselabor now every week produces 1.5 million sets for laboratory analysis were taken from nasopharyngeal swabs, 100 pieces in each package. And sends them in 60 countries.
In early March, 3 thousand of these packages, ordered by the world health organization (who) in Geneva. Then about the Berlin firm wrote to the American weekly Businessweek, and this, in turn, referred to in one of his tweets the President of the United States Donald trump. About as unexpected is the founder of the company first heard from the correspondent DW: it’s too much work, no time to track this news.
Biochemist Olfert of Land (Olfert Landt) created his own company with a partner while studying at the Free University in West Berlin 30 years ago when the startup has not yet been invented. Over time, firm – specialist in tests for the virus has gained a great reputation in professional circles demonstrated the effectiveness of their development during the SARS SARS in the 2002-2003 outbreak of avian and swine flu. Today, the company’s three dozen employees, in 2019 the turnover amounted to 18 million euros.
Realizing at the end of last year, the seriousness of the new epidemic in China, Olfert of Land with the support of virologists Metropolitan University clinic Charite quickly developed a test. The first sets a weight of 14 grams went to Hong Kong by airmail on the 10th of January. At that time there was not even ready instruction manual. “We sent her after him by e-mail,” – said the head of the company TIB Molbiol Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.
She also told the entrepreneur that releases one set – a small plastic capsule with pellets and instructions, for approximately € 2.50. It is enough for 96 tests. So the laboratory, taking into account all production costs, should, in his opinion, to take for each testing no more than 10 euros.
Ordering who Olfert of Land fulfilled for half the price. Especially poor countries it sends its products all free, however, “in reasonable volumes”. Advance purchased ingredients, he assures, will last for another few months.
Dr?gerwerk produces ventilators
If caused by coronavirus pneumonia COVID-19 runs hard, then to save the patients required artificial lung ventilation (ALV). This high-tech medical device is able to produce firm Dr?gerwerk with headquarters in the Hanseatic city lübeck on the Baltic sea. It is, in fact, invented. It was in 1907.
Then the businessman Johann Heinrich dräger (Johann Heinrich Dr?ger) received a patent for the Pulmotor apparatus, He designed it after returning from London, where he observed, how he almost drowned in the Thames the young man was doing CPR. The firm is a passionate inventor was founded in 1889. Today she manages the fifth generation of his descendants. For Germany such a big family business are very characteristic.
The annual turnover of this manufacturer of medical equipment made in 2019, about 2.8 billion euros, he around the world, more than 14.5 thousand employees. When the Ministry of health in Germany concluded that the hospitals in the country and 25 thousand of the ventilator in the face of a looming pandemic is clearly not enough, it is March 12 ordered from Dr?gerwerk from 10 thousand of these devices along with the monitors.
The largest in its history, the order of Dr?gerwerk will perform throughout this year. Anticipating the events in China growing demand, the company in February began to expand production capacity and to negotiate with employees on a flexible work schedule. Now it is, according to its own data, has almost doubled the production of the ventilator. This allows you to quickly meet the demands from different countries. March 18, for example, 100 units left in Italy.
And factory Dr?gerwerk in Sweden and South Africa now round-the-clock release protective masks. The company products are under the label of Dr?ger is well known in Russia. In Moscow she has as a representative and service center. After all, this company has a very wide range, from infant incubators to portable gas detectors and breath alcohol testers.
Shopping online has earned the gratitude of Angela Merkel
Combating coronavirus has led in Germany to an unprecedented quarantine: authorities have closed all stores in addition to supermarkets, leaving them the task to provide the population with food and essential commodities. But in doing so, they created the largest retail chains Edeka and Rewe along with the discounters Aldi and Lidl monopoly. As a result, the momentum they have now, of course, also increased significantly.
However, suddenly fallen on the monopoly demanded that these giants maximum efforts and professionalism. Their managers in the context of the panic buying of goods and really the increased demand for food due to the closure of innumerable canteens, snack bars, cafes and restaurants had to increase purchases and to ensure the logistics (to arrange. for example, additional trucks with drivers) to again and again to fill the quickly-emptying shelves.
The head of the Association of trade enterprises in the region Berlin-Brandenburg Nils Busch-Petersen (Nils Busch-Petersen) illustrated the situation in the following figures. In the hottest of shopping season during the pre-Christmas trade – in one of the warehouses on the outskirts of the German capital every day there are usually about 250 thousand units of goods. At the moment, this figure reaches 700 thousand units.
At the same time, staff themselves had to serve a sharply increased flow of customers. It is significant that in a televised address to the nation on 18 March, the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (Angela Merkel), thanking doctors and nurses for their work, found it necessary “to Express my gratitude to the people too rarely thank you.” “Who these days is sitting behind the counter of the supermarket or puts goods on the shelves, performs one of the toughest at the moment works. Thank you for the fact that you care about their fellow citizens and in the literal sense of the word do not close the shop”, said the Chancellor.
As for the owners of trade networks, we can assume that the part obtained due to the monopoly of the unexpected additional revenues they would return to employees in the form of premiums, and society – in the form of charitable donations.
Bofrost: deep frozen products for risk groups
Closing the most stores, and obliging people to stay at home in quarantine, the German authorities have given a powerful impetus to the various business models for the delivery of food at home. “Bofrost booming during the crown of the crisis,” reads the headline of an article in the economic newspaper Handelsblatt, dedicated to Europe’s largest company specializing in the supply of deep-frozen products.
They are delivered in a compact branded refrigerated vehicles 5700 full-time drivers company, founded in 1966 in the town of Straine in the West of the country, near düsseldorf. Anyone can serve during the day from 40 to 60 households. The turnover amounted in the 2018/19 financial year to 1.24 billion euros.
At Bofrost in 13 European countries about 4 million customers, 2.3 million of them in Germany. The second important market is Italy, and the most affected by the virus in the regions where the company now plays an important role in supplying the population.
“Everywhere in Europe we feel the noticeable increase in demand. Loyal customers increase the reserves, besides, we have managed to gain so many new customers,” says CEO Joerg Carver (J?rg K?rfer). He points primarily to high risk groups – the elderly or chronically ill people who are afraid to get in supermarkets.
But now, because of the quarantine became more youth, which to orders via the Internet are not used to. Joerg Cervera is especially pleasing, because he is concerned about the age structure of the clientele: a very high proportion of elderly people. So he hopes not only on a short-term effect of the pandemic, where the number of pre-orders actually doubled, but also that some young customers, “to taste our service and will keep us faithful after coronavirus”.