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Wednesday, May 6, 2020 

The Alfa Laval factory in Aalborg, Denmark, is continuing to meet global production demands for PureBallast 3 ballast water treatment systems (BWTS), having quickly adapted to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown measures from the Danish government.

“While the world has slowed down, the implementation of the ballast water management convention remains unchanged,” said Peter Sahlén, Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast. “We simply must continue meeting our customers’ needs, regardless of the obstacles.”

Alfa Laval is meeting continuing demand and securing customer deliveries, even with far fewer people on the factory floor, having taken action to implement protective measures for employees and to secure components and materials that would be needed in the coming months.

“We moved quickly from two shifts to three shifts, working in smaller teams that can easily maintain a safe distance,” said Søren Nord Larsen, who manages the factory in Aalborg. “There’s no contact between shifts. So, if one of our workers should be infected, we can lift the entire shift out without impacting the others or any customer deliveries. It’s tough to change so quickly and dramatically, but colleagues have really taken the situation with a positive attitude and adapted to the new routines. Many come with their own ideas for improving things, because everyone wants this to happen for our customers.”

Alfa Laval has managed to increase production during the same period. “We’ve proven that this can be done, and we’re not simply maintaining the status quo,” said Larsen. “In March we set a record of 400 systems produced for the quarter, and our deliveries for the quarter were yet another all-time high.”

Sahlén said: “We’ve made extensive preparations for ramp-up in the last two years, and that readiness has served us well in this unusual situation. We already had a systematic overview and allocated resources, which made it easier to recalibrate. Together with our customers we will make it through this situation – and our production will be even stronger on the other side.”

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