Corona Virus Outbreak

Update May 4th

Italy: OMB Valves s.p.a. and Vogt Valves s.r.l.
Manufacturing activities restart without restrictions. The plant is operational with some restrictions imposed by the need to follow new HSE guidelines.
Office associates are still required to work remotely so only essential staff will be allowed in our plants during this time.
Third party personnel will be allowed in our plants within the guidelines of the rules established by the health authorities.
A Remote Access Witness Inspection Protocol is being activated to allow inspection by third parties: please contact our project team for more information if interested.
Singapore: OMB Valves Asia Pte Ltd
As per latest Govt requirement the plant has been allowed to operate as considered criticcal to the Energy infrastructure. 
Due to the special HSE requirements the plant is working on limited capacity.
All office associates work from home.
Texas, USA: OMB Valves inc,/Vogt Valves inc.
The plant is operational with no interruptions planned.
Office associates work partially from home.
Plant visit are now allowed on request.


Update April 28th

Italy: OMB Valves s.p.a. and Vogt Valves s.r.l.
With the new decree issued on April 27th, the Government has identified May 4th when manufacturing activities will be allowed to restart without the current restrictions. In preparation of the formal reopening, OMB plant in Cenate and Vogt plant in Settimo have started procedures to rapidly and sustainably ramp up the facilities.
Office associates are still required to work remotely so only essential staff will be allowed in our plants during this time.
Third party personnel will be allowed in our plants within the guidelines of the rules established by the health authorities.
A Remote Access Witness Inspection Protocol is being activated to allow inspection by third parties: please contact our project team for more information if interested.
Singapore: OMB Valves Asia Pte Ltd
As per latest Govt requirement the plant has been temporarily closed until further notice. 
All office associates work from home.
Texas, USA: OMB Valves inc,/Vogt Valves inc.
The plant is operational with no interruptions planned.
All office associates work from home.


Update April 14th 

Italy: OMB Valves s.p.a. and Vogt Valves s.r.l.
On April 10th the Italian Governament issued a new decree further extending the suspension of “non-essential” production activities untill May 3rd.
OMB and Vogt Operations in Italy are currently in a ramp-up period with a progressive restarting of some production activities.
Business activities not directly related to production as well as those related to sales quotation, order processing, project management, engineering and purchasing keep continue as normal as we have implemented smart working solutions in all our departments and in most of our offsite offices.
As the situation is still evolving very quickly, we will inform you immediately about any change to the above scenario, and in the meanwhile we ask your full cooperation to support us in completing the execution of your order as smoothly and timely as possible, given the present conditions.
We remain at your full disposal for any clarification or additional info you may request.
Singapore: OMB Valves Asia Pte Ltd
Following the announcement of the one month lockdown by the Singapore governament of April 3rd, OMB valves Asia plant has been identified as an essential operation for the energy sector and therefore the plant is operational with no interruptions planned. All office associates work from home.
Texas, USA: OMB Valves inc,/Vogt Valves inc.
The plant is operational with no interruptions planned.
All office associates work from home.


Update April 2nd

With the new Decree dated April 1st the Italian Government extended the closure of all non-essential production activities and a ban from moving across municipalities other than for “non-deferrable and proven business or health reasons or other urgent matters” until April 13, 2020.
We therefore confirm the extension of the closure of our production activities until April 13 for our plants in Italy.
We will update this advisory page where you will find the latest update.


Update March 22nd

Following our recent communications on the COVID19 impact on our activities and the Italian Government Decree No6 March 22, 2020 , we would like to share with you our latest update considering the ongoing situation.
With the new Decree no.6 of March 22,2020 the Italian Government adopted more stringent rules which include a closure of all non-essential production activities and a ban from moving across municipalities other than for “non-deferrable and proven business or health reasons or other urgent matters” until April 3rd, 2020.
Therefore we need to highlight that the stringent measures adopted by the Italian Government to limit the outbreak of the virus are now forcing us to acknowledge the block of our production activities until April 3rd for our plants in Italy.
Business activities not directly related to production as well as those related to sales quotation, order processing, project management, engineering and purchasing will continue as normal as we have implemented smart working solutions in all our departments and in most of our offsite offices.
Other OMB Operations worldwide are also applying strict measures in accordance with their local government directives. Our plants in Singapore and USA as well as our JVs in Saudi Arabia, remain operative.
We thank you for your understanding
We will update this advisory page where you will find the latest update.


Update March 19th

We have introduced in all our plants a series of measures ranging from smart working solutions for most of our office employees to the “fixed quota” access to the plant and the organization of activities at workshop level in multiple shifts: all this to ensure the necessary safety distance (“droplet distance”) between workers, and to avoid crowding common areas within the plant, like for instance machine shop, assembly & test area, canteen, changing rooms etc.
Though fully complying to these H&S guidelines, during this period of time we have also endeavored in all ways to minimize as much as possible the impacts of such an unpredictable situation on the existing purchase orders and contracts we have with our Customers.

On all our Italian operations however, despite all efforts deployed so far, we need to highlight that the stringent measures adopted by the Italian Government to limit the outbreak of the virus are now forcing us to acknowledge some unavoidable slowing down in the pace of our normal activities. This is mainly due to two reasons:

  • The inevitable reduced speed of our internal activities, which became necessary to abide by all rules and H&S instructions imposed by Italian Government and Health Authorities;
  • The reduction of workforce / working hours at some of our Italian and European suppliers), which – in some cases – eventually led to the temporary closure of their activities. As of today, we may say that our supply chain is largely intact;

To address these issues, we have already put in place several countermeasures and have started to implement mitigation plans that will allow us to continue our operations almost as normal in the coming weeks and to avoid any severe inconvenience to our Customers.

Italy: OMB Valves s.p.a, Bergamo
On 13th of March OMB decided to temporarily pause machining, assembly and testing activities till 25rd of March. This will allow OMB sufficent time to implement stringent health and safety conditions in terms of hygiene, self-distance and safety devices while improving the efficiency of operations under the new working conditions.
Italy: Vogt Valves s.r.l. , MIlan
The plant is operational with no interruptions planned.
Singapore: OMB Valves Asia pte ltd
The plant is operational with no interruptions planned.
Stricter measures related to visit and meetings have been operational. Please contact our office for more details.
USA, Texas: OMB Valves inc. / Vogt Valves inc, Stafford
The plant is operational with no interruptions planned.
Following the recent development in the state, we have introduced for our office Associates an adjusted schedule which may require  work from offsite/home. Stricter measures related to visit and meetings have been as well implemented at our operation in Stafford. Please contact our office for more details.
Our offices in China, Korea, Japan, UAE and UK are operational.
As the situation is still evolving very quickly, we will inform you immediately about any change to the above scenario, and in the meanwhile we ask your full cooperation to support us in completing the execution of your order as smoothly and timely as possible, given the present conditions.


Update March 12th

Following stricter guidelines issued by the Italian government and the restrictions affecting our logistic network, we are advising our customers of potential disruptions of our Italian plants’ activities for the next 2 weeks.
Our office staff has been requested to work from home, via remote connection, as most have been already done in the past week.
We will momentarily suspend physical inspection activities as request by the local authorities in Italy. We plan to restart them on March  23rd.
We are extending guidance for work from home to our operations in Texas as well following the closure of the schools next week in the Stafford area.
We are further recommending that all employees in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East work remotely and we have issued a travel and physical meetings ban starting from next week in all the area where we operate.
Our plant in Singapore is operational with no interruptions planned.

We remain committed to ensure the safety of our employees, their families and the communities where we live and operate.|
We will update this advisory page where you will find the latest update.


Update, March 8th

Following the Italian Government decree issued yesterday, March 7th, some travel restrictions have been introduced in the provinces of Lombardy where our OMB Valves s.p.a. and Vogt Valves s.r.l. plants are located.
Our plants remain open and functional as the travel ban do not limit work related travel and merchandise shipments.
OMB Italian management teams, as well as management in all other areas where we operate, are closely monitoring the situation as part of our strong commitment to ensure the safety of our employees whilst working towards mitigating any possible impact to our customers' operations.
We will update this advisory page where you will find the latest update.


February 26th

We understand that you may be concerned with potential risks of disruptions of your supply chain due to the Corona virus in China.
OMB Valves operates globally, with productions facilities in Italy, Singapore, USA and Saudi Arabia but we source nearly all materials and parts in Italy, EU, and USA with practically no exposure to China. We are anyway analyzing continuously any possible risk which could impact our supply chain and the shipments to our customers.
Coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in Italy as in many other countries.Current health warnings from Italian government departments are that the risk of infection is low.
Italian governments and responsible agencies have taken immediate protective measures including the quarantine of certain areas.
We recognize from media reports the raising concerns on the situation in Italy where screening is proceeding at higher rate than other countries, giving a misleading sensation of higher infection rates.
We would like to confirm that our and our suppliers’ operations are not affected. We have set up a crisis management team to review continuously all the risks, and define mitigation plans when needed.
We will keep posting any significant update on our website.

 

 
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