Effects of COVID-19 on BENTELER

Salzburg, March 20, 2020. The coronavirus also affects BENTELER. "Our primary goal is to protect the health of our employees", explains Ralf Göttel, CEO of the BENTELER Group: "As an international group represented in China, we have been working for weeks on measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus. We are using this knowledge for all our sites worldwide and have implemented a comprehensive and globally coordinated package of measures at an early stage." This includes among other things:

• Worldwide precaution plans in the event of an infection at a BENTELER site

• Sensitization and information on behaviour rules and on the subject of hygiene; increased cleaning frequencies

• No business trips, as well as the recommendation not to travel privately

• Virtual conferences instead of presence meetings

• Closure of the canteens

• If possible mobile working ("home office")

This week, some car manufacturers announced that they would stop production for the time being due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a supplier, we are joining this decision and temporarily suspending operations at those locations where we work with these customers. This currently (as of March 20, 2020, 12:00 CET) affects some plants in Spain, the Czech Republic and France. Solutions for affected employees include working from home, reducing overtime, unpaid leave or temporary part-time work.