COVID-19: We're there to help!

WITTENSTEIN is continuously evaluating the latest developments surrounding COVID-19 and deriving suitable measures. To protect our employees and maintain optimal continuity of supply to our customers even with the persistently high level of infections, our precautions with regard to the tightening measures adopted by the federal and state governments in public and private life have been regularly reviewed and were expanded at the beginning of 2021 with an increased working from home quota. Since early April 2021, we have been committed to full compliance with our obligation to provide tests for employees by issuing rapid antigen (point of care) tests for self-sampling in accordance with the latest version of the German government’s SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. In mid-June 2021, voluntary vaccinations were offered to all employees at our Harthausen and Fellbach sites. Starting in mid-September 2021, we ventured the first steps “back to normal” in response to the large number of employees taking advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated and the continued strict observance of enhanced distancing and hygiene measures in our production shops and offices (physical distancing, hygiene and masks, referred to in Germany as the “AHA rules”).

We are still able to manufacture and deliver without any restrictions.

Ever since the pandemic began, we have been doing everything in our power to keep production going at our plants and deliver our usual standard of products and services. Our goal is to continue supporting our customers without any restrictions. We have managed to keep our business operations going as normal until now and we are profiting from our high level of vertical integration.

The health of our employees is a top priority. 

We have continuously implemented measures to protect our employees ever since the spread of COVID-19 began, and they are meanwhile firmly established in our procedures. Compliance with the strict distancing rules and hygiene measures (“AHA rules”) currently in effect remains a requirement in all of our production shops and offices.

We stay in contact.

In the future, provided we exercise due caution – and taking account of the individual risk situation in the local region – we can increase the level of personal contact with our customers again and we look forward to welcoming you to our premises. Both we and our guests will be required to have valid proof of vaccination, recovery or testing (referred to in Germany as the “3G rule”). 

We will naturally also continue to make use of virtual meetings to communicate with one another and hold webinars as a means of searching for solutions and paths together with you. And, by the way, if you’re looking for the perfect drive for your application, feel free to use our online sizing tools: they will help you select the most suitable gearbox quickly and easily, design complex kinematic sequences or download CAD data conveniently.

We say thank you.

  • Thank you to all those who are committed to protecting the health of people affected as we fight the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Thank you to all those who keep the infrastructure in place and maintain essential supplies to the population.
  • Thank you to society at large for being mindful of others.
  • Thank you to our governments for acting quickly and decisively.
  • Thank you also to all those who contribute alternative points of view, voice well-founded criticism and through their opposition live out democracy.
  • Thank you to our customers who continue to put their trust in us regardless of the crisis.
  • Thank you to our suppliers and partners who deliver their services to us in the best possible way in spite of everything.
  • Thank you to all our employees who are keeping the business going uninterrupted under such adverse conditions.

Selected measures

Strict hygiene and social distancing rules

We urge our employees to strictly observe the hygiene measures and distancing guidelines, and we endeavor to raise their awareness of the rules for social contacts.

We make sure that our administrative employees maintain a sufficient distance at all times while on the WITTENSTEIN premises and we encourage mobile working. 

Employees at all German sites are required to wear a face covering as soon as they leave their workplace.

The provision and use of rapid antigen (point of care) tests for self-sampling, coupled with the offer of free vaccinations directly at the place of work, represents a further important expression of our solidarity with efforts to prevent infections not only within the company but also as a result of contacts with our customers and business partners.

Spatial separation

We ensure sufficient distancing and / or spatial separation between employees in administration, for example by means of skeleton staffing and mobile working. 

Contactless shift schedules

We have established staggered shift changes in the manufacturing areas in order to reduce exposure.

Separate logistics

Goods acceptance is kept apart from incoming goods.

Virtual meetings

We mainly hold Skype or telephone conferences rather than personal meetings. This applies equally to customers, partners, employees and suppliers. Personal meetings can be conducted in compliance with the familiar “AHA” (physical distancing, hygiene and masks) and “3G” (proof of vaccination, recovery or testing) rules. 

Limitation of travel

Our employees are now allowed to undertake business trips again in compliance with the “3G rule” (proof of vaccination, recovery or testing) and in consultation with the customer or business partner concerned.
However, international business trips are still only permitted in exceptional cases and are subject to the entry and exit regulations applicable to the country concerned. 

Internal task force

Our task force provides regular information to employees and explains the various measures, or easing of these measures, to people.