12/17/2020

2020: A year affected by the coronavirus

Bo Lybæk, CEO at GPV International A/S, looks back at 2020 and wishes everyone a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year:

Looking into 2021, it is also time to look back at the year gone by. 2020 will forever be a year defined by the worldwide coronavirus crisis with probably not a single person, company or country left unaffected.

After a year in 2019, where we strengthened our global footprint and added new capabilities to our service offerings, we began 2020 with the launch of “Winning our Future”, our updated strategic direction towards 2023 - a shared vision for ourselves and for our customers with focus on performance, growth and proximity.

To support this after our successful integration phase in 2019, we began 2020 by aligning the entire group organisation to make it more efficient, agile and market-oriented.

In the midst of rolling out our strategy, an uninvited enemy intruded our lives; the coronavirus, today a global pandemic. From the very beginning, we set two goals; Taking care of our employees and their families; and taking care of deliveries to our customers. Furthermore, it was important for us to ensure transparency in our communication towards customers regarding status on our productions.

For several years, GPV has moved forward on the digitalisation agenda and despite the coronavirus pandemic, continuing on this journey has been a natural step for us.

In 2020, to support this development, we have decided to launch the introduction of a new global state-of-the-art Manufacturing Execution System (MES). Due to the coronavirus situation, the project has been delayed but we plan for it to go live at the first site in first half of 2021.

We always aim to stay innovative and to challenge our work routines. While the coronavirus crisis has forced us to focus on reducing costs, at the same time we moved forward investments to further facilitate automation initiatives. A total of 19 projects were awarded during the year.

As the coronavirus has limited the possibility of in-person meetings during the last many months, we have implemented digital tools to conduct professional “online live streaming factory visits” for and together with our customers. This to bring our customers closer by enabling them to "walk around" live and online, checking NPI processes or discussing technical issues with our experts.

Now, we look ahead to 2021, eager to see what the new year will bring. We hope to be able to proceed with our plans to expand our production facilities in Sri Lanka and Thailand.

It is important for us to express our gratitude in the trust you show us. Without you, our customers and business partners, we are nothing, and thus we wish to express a big “thank you” to customers, suppliers and other business partners for the good cooperation.

From all of us at GPV, we wish all of our customers and business partners a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year.

We look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration in 2021.

Bo Lybæk, CEO at GPV. Limited in travelling in 2020, but instead using online meetings to be close to the many dedicated colleagues. 

 

People are the cornerstone of our business, and everyone has been
working hard to keep our business running in spite of challenges with
the coronavirus. 

 

An increasing number of online LIVE-streaming meetings with customers
help secure a close co-operation. In the video, colleagues from Thailand
give a short tour of the electronics site.