April 23, 2020
As at the end of April, we’re thankfully seeing the COVID-19 curve start to flatten. The PMI reported the manufacturing sector jumped to 53.4 in March, the largest increase in the last five months, and the sharpest since last September. This increase was largely influenced by the grocery, and personal care items sector, with positive impacts felt downstream and upstream. We’re also hearing from our network that business is moving along in many cases as “usual”. The Aussie spirit it seems, is upbeat and positive and let’s hope we’ll be back to “normal” in no time.
For Headland, the first part of this year was spent recruiting sales team members and engineers. Whilst recently we have reduced some working hours in select roles, we have retained all service, spare parts and sales positions without stand-downs or redundancies. We’ve spread the workload evenly to ensure optimal support for our customers and our team is ready to ramp up, in-line with market needs, as things continue to move in a positive direction.
In New Zealand, the team has been in stage four lock-down for the past four weeks with manufacturing put on hold. I’d like to thank the entire New Zealand team who has continued to work hard and support our Australian team and customers over this period. As of next week they will resume to stage three with the manufacturing sector commencing again in NZ.
I’ve been impressed by not only our team members, but the entire manufacturing community at their positive attitude and adaptability in this situation. I’d love to hear how you’re going and how we can better support your business priorities, and what positives you’ve been able to draw from this experience. If you’d like to get in touch, my email is email@example.com. Take care.