Helping to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic

Meiko cleaning and disinfection machines are proving key for medical facilities as they combat soaring numbers of patients and cases with Covid-19

Around the world, medical facilities are preparing to combat soaring numbers of patients and cases. Existing hospitals are building on to add capacity, quarantine rooms and intensive care wards. Emergency and auxiliary hospitals regularly pop up in just a few days.

In order for these facilities to be fully ready for use, the equipment also needs to be fitted as quickly as possible. Meiko cleaning and disinfection machines are a part of this. They play an essential role in breaking the chain of infection, meaning they are important in containing the virus. “We are at the heart of key supply chains. Meiko has been a staple of the hygiene world for over 90 years, especially in hospitals,” says Meiko CEO Dr Stefan Scheringer.

“In addition to fulfilling our existing orders, we are currently primarily producing and supplying cleaning and disinfection appliances for emergency coronavirus facilities worldwide – in Italy, Russia, Dubai, Australia and Mexico,” reports Sebastian Hainz, executive vice president sales and marketing at Meiko. “Time is a key factor in all of this, including in mitigating the pandemic.”

Covering capacity peaks

“Meiko’s production, and in particular the medical device area, use several production lines. This is a very good system for covering capacity peaks. Our qualified, committed employees are even able to quickly shift additional capacity from other production areas into these production lines or we can plan in additional shifts as required,” explains Christoph Homburger, head of production at Meiko.

“This means that even with huge variations in requirements from different countries or for different machine versions for individual clients, we are still able to provide short lead times for production and delivery. Medical device production in Offenburg is currently running at high capacity. Yet, our purchasing team’s smart procurement strategy and our reliable in-house parts supply system mean we have not had any issues supplying the necessary materials. That is especially helpful in this situation,” Homburger continues.

Meiko’s goal in all this is to ensure that day-to-day operations in emergency centres remain hygienically safe throughout the pandemic and that they are not even compromised in the event of a malfunction. “We are able to carry out urgent servicing work in hospitals, care homes and other facilities and to supply these institutions with our technology worldwide. Assuring hygiene is a matter of preserving life where critically ill patients or the elderly are involved,” says Sebastian Hainz.

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