We are closely following the development of the coronavirus outbreak in the EMEA region. While we adhere to the guidance from relevant authorities and the WHO, the safety and well-being of all our employees and relations is our highest priority.
After initial reports of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in China the OMRON Group has constituted a global task force to address, monitor and mitigate the impact of this outbreak.
As of today, there have been no confirmed infections of OMRON employees within the EMEA region. We continue to closely monitor developments with respect to the coronavirus. We have taken steps to ensure the safety and wellness of our employees including travel restrictions, reviewing business continuity plans, prudently evaluating the need and attendance at group gatherings and working to implement visitor guidelines for those coming to our locations around the globe.
We have also established a regional EMEA task force team that is working to determine the appropriate measures which should be taken during this event. This team will help guide our actions in responding to a potential global outbreak including measures to reduce spread of the illness and maintaining business continuity.
Supply Chain and Customer Impacts
As you are aware, the entire global supply chain has been impacted due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has led to large-scale disruption in marine container shipping and airfreight services. OMRON expects that the impact to shipping and airfreight will result in a reduction of delivery reliability, route frequency and availability in the short to mid-term.
While it is more difficult to confirm available logistics and delivery dates at this time, we believe our global manufacturing and logistics capabilities will keep us well positioned to work through these challenges and, if necessary, to help customers put the appropriate mitigation plans in place. We are working to secure future vessel space allocations and using track and trace of shipments in transit to provide customers with updated estimated arrival times.
We are working closely with our customers to determine any potential impacts or delays. We are also verifying our suppliers' ability to supply raw materials to our sites around the world to continue running our manufacturing sites.
We realize this situation remains very dynamic. We will continue to provide updates as we learn more. We are confident in our preparation and contingency planning for situations such as this. It's also important to remember that OMRON has a global manufacturing footprint to continue production of its products at alternate locations if need be.
We remain committed to providing the superior service and support that our customers have come to expect of our company throughout this situation.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your local OMRON office.