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Planex : COVID-19 update 5

12 . 05 . 2020

To Our Valued Customers, Suppliers and Friends,

I’d like to think that this will be the last Planex COVID-19 update as a sense of normality seems to have returned, but I somehow doubt it. We are fortunate living in Australia in having been sheltered from the more tragic human costs this pandemic has caused other nations, and that the swift responses and measures embraced by our community has limited the overwhelming impact on our health system and by and large has kept the vast majority of us safe. 

Unfortunately, the economic hysteresis of COVID-19 will be with us for some time and this is why it’s critical to carefully restart the economy and re-evaluate our national supply chains if we have any hope of doing even better in any future crisis. Manufacturing needs to play a pivotal role in this as we have for too long looked for short-term gain at the expense of long-term sustainable growth. Perhaps COVID-19 will serve as a salutary lesson that a balanced economy is the safer option for our future generations.

The need for social distancing has meant that members of our team have and are still continuing to work remotely. This has had the beneficial effect that those still working from Hallam have had to learn new skills which help create role-flexibility, boosts productivity and engenders a closer bond within our company. A knowledgeable and engaged team is a powerful competitive advantage.  

Another side effect of isolating ourselves in the Hallam cocoon has been the flourishing of creativity when talented individuals set themselves common goals. Having acknowledged that remote working is here to stay for some of us, we have developed a range of playful objects that can assist productivity in the home office…… FOLDI is coming soon!!!

I’d like to wish everyone a careful, measured and safe return to a balanced life.

Jean-Pierre.