Bobst Group communication on COVID-19

Bobst India to remain closed till 31 March

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Given the acceleration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, recent decisions of local authorities, and to support our customers and employees, Bobst Group has taken additional measures. The decision is to focus on what matters most; respect of the safety recommendations in all countries, global employees’ health prevention, and business continuity for all customers support.

As a consequence, Bobst Group will put some factories at their lowest machine production level to focus on parts and services without compromising the security of its employees. The site of Bobst Lyon in France moved into its minimum production level on 19 March 2020. The sites of Bobst Mex and Bobst Grenchen in Switzerland entered into minimum production levels on 20 March end of day. This measure will be valid for a minimum period of two weeks. The site of Bobst India will close until 31 March, based on government decisions. China is recovering and expected to be back to normal by mid-April.

Bobst continues to closely monitor its technical service centers country by country to ensure the business continuity of its customers to the highest level possible. It assesses the evolution of the situation in all countries, and for all Bobst sites, and take the necessary measures on a daily basis. Bobst Group has taken the necessary measures to manage this crisis and to ensure its liquidity.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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