In general the European governments did choose a step-by-step approach to lift the measures and this supported by the European Commission
with the European Roadmap to lifting COVID-19 Containment Measures, go to this link for more information and find an updated graphic on the lifting of the restriction measures.
The very strong lockdown regimes in Italy and Spain are smoothened and most businesses have re-opened, with the need to apply all safety measures.
Defending our health remains priority number one but Europe is now in a next phase with careful expanding the economical activities.
The brushware industry appreciates the governmental support and especially furlough (Kurzarbeit) creates financial room and avoids making employees redundant.
The FEIBP welcomes the gradual re-opening of activities but there is concern for a second wave of the spreading of the Corona virus. That could be disastrous.
And: what can and will we learn out of this crisis?
- Are there insights gained to re-structure our companies and for example become more IT driven, also in sales activities
- Should countries be less dependant on import from other continents, in other words an appeal for European manufacturing
- On the other hand many parts of our industry deliver products worldwide and export is essential
These are elements for further thoughts in the FEIBP community.
Additional facts from the sub-sectors
- Professional market active and supply continues
- The closing of DIY retailers in a.o. Switzerland, France did have a sometimes very negative impact, after the re-opening demand for paintbrush is rebalancing
- Less import creates new custumer opportunities (the Netherlands)
- Manufacturers with a focus on domestic market (Germany) are less affected by the crisis
- Italy hurt deeply with decrease in turnover up to – 50% in April 2020, very slow recovery after the re-opening
- With industry activities and customer markets down or closed and industrial activities on a low level the whole sub-sector in Europe suffers since Q2 / 2020 and average -20% turnover is reported
- Domestic supply continues on acceptable level
- With the hotels / restaurants closed and no big events the demand decreased and since March 2020 orders down
- Export situation difficult
- Q1 /2020 was for most manufacturers OK, but a severe downward trend (up to - 30%) since half March /April 2020, a very slight improvement in May 2020
- Also here the negative impact of a tourist and events sector closed
- Italy is here the most negative country situation with a complete lockdown
- It is expected that due to the crisis there will be more attention for manual cleaning and this could be an opportunity for hygiene brushes
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