COVID-19 pandemic: Important information on cooperation

Information from 14th May 2020

Dear Business Partners, Friends and Colleagues,
 

The decision made by the German government on 6 May to lift the strict ban on contact and to gradually relax the rules and regulations came at the right time. This is because companies are also increasingly starting to implement innovative safety measures so that they can restart their own operations and production within the scope of the given possibilities.
 

We at Fraunhofer IPA have also developed a step-by-step plan for returning to everyday work (restart concept), which is now being successively implemented. We are also taking advantage of the digital world more than ever before to work with you in this way.
 

In the following, we would like to inform you about the latest key details of our restart concept:

  1. Employees: Our employees continue to work from home wherever possible and appropriate. In all areas of the institute (including the multistory car park), we wear a face mask covering the mouth and nose - unless we are working alone in our own office. When it became mandatory to wear such a mask, we procured a sufficient number of them for our employees, specifying how and when they are to be used. These regulations apply to all our branches in Germany: Stuttgart, Bayreuth, Mannheim and Reutlingen.
  2. Visitors: Visitors to the institute must also wear a face mask. We thank you for your understanding. If required, you will be given a disposable mask free of charge at the respective entrance areas (gates). Keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, as well as coughing and sneezing into your elbow and washing your hands thoroughly at regular intervals continue, of course, to remain important protective measures.
  3. Meetings and events requiring attendance at Fraunhofer IPA: We are keeping the number of on-site meetings and events requiring your attendance to an absolute minimum. However, should they become necessary, the following applies: The maximum number of participants is limited to 5 people per room. Here too, you must keep at least 1.5 meters away from other people and wear a face mask.
  4. Business trips and meetings requiring attendance at our customers’: National and international business trips are now theoretically permitted if required. Therefore, meetings on your company premises are possible again. Ideally, you should also have similar rules in place in your company to the ones we have in our restart concept. We would be pleased to assist you in developing and introducing appropriate measures.
  5. Virtual CoLAB: Resilient added value in times of corona – this is the objective of our Virtual CoLAB, which was recently founded at IPA. The aim is to provide you with support in economic and technical matters as you restructure your company and ramp up your production. Make the most of this cooperative platform to clarify urgent issues and exchange new ideas. Make a note of further dates for seminars and fairs.

We are ready to get started and are looking forward to helping you tackle challenging new or ongoing projects.

We would like to thank you for your help in implementing the above-mentioned measures to protect both your and our employees, and we will continue to rely on a partnership based on trust.

Stay healthy! Wishing you, your families and employees all the best!
 
Best regards
 
Thomas Bauernhansl
Alexander Sauer
Michael Hilt
Volker Kübler

 
Institute Directors and Commercial Director of Fraunhofer IPA

Information from 18th March 2020

Dear Business Partners, Friends and Colleagues,

Due to recent developments, we would like to inform you about the current situation at our insti-tute with regard to mutual cooperation.
 

  1. Protection: Since the health of all is paramount to us, we are strictly following the official state and federal guidelines and regulations, as well as the instructions issued by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The aim is to act responsibly and to protect our employees and society. This has top priority.
  2. Working capacity: Despite all the restrictions, we are still operational and able to carry on with our work. Our employees are continuing to work on projects and are using the necessary digital tools to communicate and collaborate with one another efficiently.
  3. Availability: Our employees can be reached by e-mail and telephone. Alternative forms of communication are also used; these vary significantly depending on the situation concerned. If you are unable to reach your personal contact partner, please do not hesi-tate to get in touch with us. All matters will be handled confidentially. We will then for-ward your request internally to obtain the fastest possible response.
  4. Communication: To uphold maximum transparency and cooperation, we will update our website daily with the latest information should there be any changes regarding our working capacity and availability.

Stay healthy! Wishing you, your families and employees all the best.
 

Best regards

Thomas Bauernhansl
Alexander Sauer
Michael Hilt

Institute Directors of Fraunhofer IPA