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Polish producers of joinery ready for new orders

10/30/2019 12:00:00 PM

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

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

In 2020, Polish producers from the woodwork industry forecasted a slight increase compared to previous years, but further increases, which was confirmed in the middle of the first quarter. Therefore, the companies were preparing for greater production and an increase in orders. The effects of these actions were not excluded by the situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This means that despite the problems with supply and absenteeism of employees, which in fact lasted 2 months, Polish companies are already ready to achieve the assumed 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 reckoned with turned the goals into a greater challenge but achievable. As of today, the dynamics of changes depends to the greatest extent on the process of unfreezing the economy. We are all counting on the successive opening of borders and the return to normal operation of supply chains.

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

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

Polish carriers, which are largely supported by producers from Poland in the distribution of goods to the EU and beyond, want and work to the maximum extent permitted by the regulations. The same is the case with own transports. Here, respect should be paid to Polish drivers who are showing great courage nowadays. All countries are aware that the movement of goods is one of the most important factors affecting the economy, and therefore they quickly improve processes and security procedures at the borders.

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 construction joinery. The transport works by carrying out orders, which allows for the maintenance of the distribution of finished products and the smooth supply 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. The insight into information - such as greater traffic congestion and long travel times - allows the driver and the carrier to decide on an ongoing basis about changing the route, which has an impact on the safety and profitability of transport. That is why transport companies are introducing modern technologies and telematic systems, which are the future of road transport, because they support drivers, forwarders, logistics and carriers in real and real time.