Polish distributor reopens site after Covid-19 quarantine

Polish distributor Stalprofil has resumed operations at its Katowice warehouse after temporarily closing them for two weeks when two workers tested positive for Covid-19, Kallanish notes.

Having disinfected the site, the firm can now resume construction of the new automated high-bay warehouse at Katowice, the schedule of which has not been affected, it says.

The Katowice site will return to full operating capacity on 17 April. The firm says it is unable to precisely quantify the impact of the two-week stoppage, but does not think it will be significant. This is because orders were transferred to Stalprofil’s other site at Dabrowa Gornicza, which has a high loading capacity and similar product range. Moreover, sales activity was seasonally reduced due to the Easter holidays.

In 2019 the Katowice site accounted for 23% of Stalprofil’s overall revenue.

Stalprofil’s steel product deliveries rose by 653 tonnes on-year in the nine months through September 2019 to 173,904t, while steel structures sales fell 644t to 1,663t.