Australian companies’ response to Coronavirus updates

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Epiroc

Epiroc is closely monitoring the fast-changing situation around the spread of the novel coronavirus. situation. Epiroc has numerous measures in place to protect more than 14 000 employees as well as customers and business partners globally. They promote washing hands, keeping social distance, not going to work when people have symptoms, etc. and they have restricted non-business-critical travelling and visitors to Epiroc sites to limit the spread of the virus. They promote the use of online meetings and digital tools for communications.

Source: Epiroc

Due to the constantly worsening situation of the Corona pandemic, Goldhofer want to contribute to the containment of the COVID-19 virus, for this reason, they have decided to cease operations from Wednesday, April 1st until and with Sunday, April 19th 2020.

Source: Goldhofer

Komatsu

At Komatsu, they’re working diligently to minimise supply chain and customer disruptions related to the 2019-novel coronavirus (COVID-19). While their chief concern related to this global health issue has been for the safety of employees, customers, and global partners, Komatsu acknowledges that there is also a need to have a clear, effective plan to ensure business continuity.

Source: Komatsu

Hitachi

HCA has a Contingency and Preparedness Plan for Coronavirus, which is reviewed on a daily basis, and updated as required based on the ongoing developments of the situation around the world. HCA is relying on the advice of the Australian Government and the Department of Health, and as a minimum, Hitachi is following all of the recommended guidelines.
Hitachi is following all Federal and State Government advice regarding travel, social distancing, self-isolation and hygiene. Their current focus is on identifying business activities that may put people at risk of exposure, and eliminating that risk wherever possible.

Source: Hitachi

Boral

Boral is closely monitoring developments in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and it is taking measures to help manage the risk of spreading the virus.

Boral has a dedicated internal COVID-19 task force and it is relying on expert advice, including information provided by Boral’s international medical and travel security services provider International SOS, as well as advice from specialist global risk consultancy Control Risks.

Source: Boral

John Deere

As the coronavirus COVID-19 situation evolves, they are committed to keeping people informed about John Deere’s actions to safeguard employees while maintaining operations in order to support dealers and customers and their livelihoods.

Source: John Deere

AGCO

In light of the COVID-19 virus outbreak and the lack of certainty of both the duration and magnitude of its impacts, AGCO is withdrawing its sales, earnings and other guidance. Production has been significantly reduced or suspended in several of the Company’s European facilities, largely due to material shortages and constraints in the European supply chain. Additional production disruptions in other regions are expected over time. AGCO will provide an update in connection with its first-quarter earnings announcement but does not expect to provide any additional information until then. During disruption in production, supporting dealers´ and customers´ service demands remains a top priority.

Source: AGCO

RDO Equipment

Over the past week, they have taken various preventative measures within a business to ensure branches continue to operate safely with minimal disruption and impact to customers’ businesses.

Source: RDO

WesTrac

WesTrac is doing everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To date, they have initiated a crisis management strategy with three core priorities:

  1. Protecting and safeguarding the health of team members;
  2. Protecting the ability to operate core business;
  3. and assisting customers to maintain their businesses.

Source: WesTrac

Hastings Deering

Hastings Deering remains committed first and foremost to the health and safety of employees, their families, customers and business partners. They recognise that the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly and that responding to the pandemic requires to adjust operations while minimising disruption.

Source: Hasting Deering

Caterpillar global

The continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to impact Caterpillar’s supply chain, a possibility the company disclosed in its risk factors included in the company’s Form 10-K filed on February 19, 2020. The company is monitoring the situation closely and supply chain teams have been executing business continuity plans, which include, but are not limited to, being alert to potential short supply situations, and, if necessary, utilizing alternative sources and/or air freight, redirecting orders to other distribution centres, and prioritizing the redistribution of the most impactful parts. Caterpillar is committed to continuing to execute these plans and will remain in close contact with its supply chain to monitor future possible implications, especially on production facilities.

Source: Caterpillar

Hyderma

Hyderma is taking action so that customers and partners will experience as few nuisances as possible.
As a responsible company, the Hydrema Group also assumes its responsibility to minimize the infection spread of COVID-19.
They have therefore implemented several initiatives in departments, which will help reduce infection spread among our customers and colleagues.

Source: Hyderma

Liebherr

All Liebherr companies worldwide are reacting flexibly according to the situation on-site to protect their employees while maintaining key business processes as effectively as possible. They are undertaking various measures, including carrying out extensive hygiene management, re-organising areas of production to prevent the spread of infection, issuing guidelines on working from home and generally using remote forms of working instead of face-to-face meetings.

Source: Liebherr

Volvo Group

The consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the Volvo Group, and there is a considerable risk of a material financial impact on the Group as from mid-March. The Volvo Group and its suppliers are continuously working to minimize any consequences for customers and mitigating the impact on the Group.

Source: Volvo

Position Partners

Social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic mean sites and contractors need to adjust the way they work to keep everyone on-site safe.
Remote access to construction equipment enables contractors to solve machinery issues, update design files and more, whilst maintaining social distancing. Position Partner’s Tokara Link gives workers access to machines whether they are in different states or down the road.

Source: Position Partners

CJD

With the ever-changing situation surrounding COVID-19, CJD Equipment has been taking prudent steps to minimise the health and potential commercial effects on our people, customers and communities. COVID-19 has caused widespread supply chain pressure and production disruptions. As a consequence of the rapid spread and rise of COVID-19 cases and the impact on production facilities around the world, the Volvo Group has announced a temporary shut-down of all its business operations across Sweden, including those of Volvo Construction Equipment.

Source: CJD

Emicontrols

The health and safety of employees are very important for Emicontrols and the entire TechnoAlpin Group. All those who are able to work from home do so already since last week. In order to provide the best possible protection against the coronavirus for the staff working in the production, they have now disinfected the entire production hall, workshops and also the storage rooms. The disinfectant (virucidal/bactericidal) was applied using their V12so high-pressure machine.

Source: Emicontrols

LEEA

For the past few weeks, LEEA has been undertaking numerous measures to ensure that we have behaved responsibly in light of the spread of Coronavirus. The Head Office team will work remotely. The Technical team is unaffected and will continue to offer support on the two working day principle. They are working on an alternative audit tool so that during this period audits can be by desktop review.

Source: LEEA

Trucks

Volvo Trucks

Together with Volvo, all staff able to work remotely are doing it. Measures have been implemented in all VCV dealers to combat the spread of COVID-19

Source: Volvo Trucks

Scania Trucks

Scania is acting to reduce the risk of both the infection and the spreading of the infection internally and externally. From their Head Office in Sweden to branches in Australia, they are working intensively to reduce the impact of this virus on people, business and that of business partners in order to maintain uptime.

Source: Scania Trucks

Hino Trucks

Hino Motor Sales Australia continues to take a proactive and responsible approach to ensure the health and safety of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The wellbeing of our customers, staff, dealers and business partners remains our highest priority.

Following the advice of the Australian Federal Government and other relevant Health authorities, we continue to implement a number of preventative measures.

Source: Hino Trucks

Isuzu

Isuzu Australia Limited acknowledges the ongoing development of the COVID-19 situation and advice from the Australian government and health authorities regarding safe work practices and social distancing.

Considering this advice, IAL has decided to implement a remote work policy to assist in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

All business operations including sales, service, parts and business support services will continue to be available across IAL and the dealer network.

Source: Isuzu

Terex Trucks

Due to the level of severity of this pandemic, supply chain issues and travel restrictions instigated by the UK government, they have no option but to temporarily suspend production at their facility in Motherwell, Scotland. Terex will continue to operate with a very limited number of team members to deliver urgent customer support, maintain vital spare parts distribution and undertake business-critical actions within finance, HR and communication functions.

Source: Terex

Linfox

Linfox is following the advice of relevant federal, state and territory governments as well as taking additional precautions to minimise the risk of infection and ensure the safety of our people and the community

Source: Linfox

Mining

Glencore

Glencore has introduced a number of precautionary measures across offices and industrial assets in response to COVID-19. This includes the implementation of enhanced hygiene and cleaning measures, application of social distancing and identification of higher-risk groups. The goal is to operate only when is possible to keep people safe and healthy, while safeguarding jobs and providing support to their local communities.

Source: Glencore

Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques said “COVID-19 is a human tragedy and we all have to play our part as the pandemic spreads. Rio Tinto’s first priority remains the health and safety of all of our employees and communities. During these uncertain times, we continue to deliver products to our customers supported by our global sales and marketing teams.”

Source: Rio Tinto

Barrick

Barrick Gold Corporation said emergency response plans for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic have been stepped up at all its sites and offices across the world.

All non-essential business travel has been suspended and non-essential projects have been curtailed. In line with directives from host governments and the international health authorities, they have put measures in place to mitigate the risk of infection while ensuring a safe environment for operations to continue as usual. They have extended their 24-hour call service to communities and the families around operations in Argentina and have implemented similar response services across the group’s operations. Similarly, Barrick is observing new industry guidelines regarding social distancing and have increased sanitation measures at its mines and offices.

Source: Barrick

BHP

BHP will reduce payment terms for small, local and Indigenous businesses as part of a program to support its communities and regional economies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BHP will make immediate payments of outstanding invoices. The accelerated payment program is expected to deliver approximately $100 million more quickly into the hands of our small business partners.

Source: BHP

Evolution Mining

Evolution has developed plans to minimise risks to people and ensure we can continue to safely produce gold during this challenging period. These plans include activation of crisis management protocols, suspending international travel, restricting domestic travel, reducing face-to-face interaction, increasing flexible working arrangements, regular COVID-19 communication with the entire workforce and ensuring best practice health management is maintained at all times.

Source: Evolution Mining

Built

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Newcrest

Newcrest is continuing to closely monitor the developments and escalating global concern around Coronavirus.
They are taking a conservative approach and will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Source: Newcrest

Fortescue

Fortescue Incident Management Team is meeting daily to review operations and the Government’s advice. As the social distancing guidelines have expanded, they have responded to each additional measure quickly and are regularly communicating with teams on all matters relating to the mining sector, as well as the importance of physical distancing and stringent hygiene.

Source: Fortescue

Sofia Davalle
Editor at Australia HeavyQuip Journal