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Polish producers ready for new orders

5/11/2020 12:36:22 PM

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We talk with Janusz Komurkiewicz, president of the Polish Windows and Doors Association about the current situation on the construction joinery market and plans for the coming months.

What is the current export readiness of Polish producers? It is not even about the export itself and the decrease in this part of distribution, because it is obvious, and about the readiness in factories to carry out potential new orders from abroad?

In 2020, Polish manufacturers from the woodwork industry forecasted slight increases compared to previous years, but further increases, which was confirmed in the middle of the first quarter. Therefore, companies were preparing for greater production and increase in orders. The effects of these actions were not excluded by the Covid-19 pandemic situation. This means that despite the problems with supply and the absence of employees, which actually lasted two months, Polish companies are ready to achieve their production goals.

The aspiration for many entrepreneurs is to defend the assumed results at the end of 2020. The epidemic and the shadow of the crisis that we all had reckoned with resulted in the goals becoming a bigger challenge, but possible to achieve. At present, the dynamics of changes depends to a large extent on the process of defrosting the economy. We are all counting on the gradual opening of borders and a return to the normal mode of operation of supply chains.

Both entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations are consolidating actions to combat the effects of the economic crisis, save jobs and protect entrepreneurs. This multidimensional cooperation allows us to look into the future with optimism in the context of maintaining the position of export leader in Polish joinery products.

Are sanitary restrictions currently in force regarding the transport of goods (windows, doors, gates, etc.) within the EU as well as outside the EU, or does the transport generally take place without additional, apart from standard, epidemic safety measures?

Polish carriers, which are largely supported by Polish producers in the distribution of goods to the EU and outside of it, want and work as much as the regulations allow. The same is the case with own transports. Here you should give respect to Polish drivers who show great courage nowadays. All countries are aware that the flow of goods is one of the most important factors affecting the economy, which is why they improve security processes and procedures at borders very quickly.

However, it must be remembered that there are no uniform rules regarding sanitary restrictions in individual countries. There are also no special restrictions regarding the transport of joinery. Transport operates by carrying out orders, which allows maintaining the distribution of finished products and the smooth delivery of raw materials for their production.

During a pandemic, any information that will facilitate the execution of the order and minimize the risk of unnecessary contacts with other people and delays in delivery, as well as ensure smooth passage through countries particularly affected by coronavirus infections, is very important. Insight into information - such as increased traffic congestion and long travel times - allows the driver and carrier to decide on a change of route on an ongoing basis, which has an impact on the safety and profitability of transport. That is why transport companies introduce modern technologies and telematics systems, which are the future of road transport, because they support both drivers and forwarders, logistics and carriers in real and real time.