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Specialists are stuck in the hotel

According to a survey, 70 percent of the machine and system manufacturers in the country describe their order situation as weak, bad or very bad. Photo: dpa / Felix Kästle


Machine and system manufacturers in the country complain that corona tests are not recognized, especially in Asia, and that employees are isolated for 14 days after entry. Despite the gloomy situation this year, the association is optimistic for 2021.

Stuttgart – Highly qualified service employees from machine and plant manufacturers are currently facing special challenges in some countries. Because of the corona restrictions, they first have to be in quarantine for 14 days after entry before they can start their work, explains Mathias Kammüller, the chairman of the mechanical engineering association VDMA Baden-Württemberg, the situation. This is not about maintenance work that is carried out by the service staff on site, says Kammüller, who is also a member of the management of the laser specialist Trumpf in Ditzingen. Rather, it is about specialists who manage the construction of new systems and are not available on site.

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