Looking beyond 2020: turning difficulties into unexpected goals
“The general difficulty has therefore generated valuable opportunities that we have been able to seize, such as the introduction and use of tools that simplify several activities and reduce distances”. Looking beyond the emergency, here we share some thoughts about this difficult 2020 by OMET President Antonio Bartesaghi.
Over this time of emergency, OMET had to face the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic like any other company. Once again, all OMET staff have shown the maximum responsibility in finding the best solutions to continue working and being proactive, even with procedures completely different than in the past.
Our products are included in the “essential” categories defined by the Government, so OMET has always worked even during the lockdown, with most of the staff in smart working. Thanks to its IT facilities, all employees were able to connect from their homes to company servers with an absolutely optimal and effective connection, comparable to that available in our offices. This was true also for the R&D and technical departments who have to work on 3D models and need an extremely high speed of connection for processing. For us, this was a further proof of the very high technological structure we had: we took great advantage from this, and our team was able to continue working efficiently anytime. All our collaborators showed immediately great attention and sensitivity to the difficulties due to the ongoing emergency.
We enabled systems that allowed customers to attend demos and know our machines remotely, with high-level videoconference tools. We have even been able to install machines around the world by working remotely, by guiding customers’ technicians, step by step, through all the necessary operations until the machine is started. It was the same for training. It was an incredible milestone: before the pandemic, nobody would have imagined of being able to install complex machines like ours without traveling.
The general difficulty has therefore generated valuable opportunities that we have been able to seize, such as the introduction and use of tools that simplify several activities and reduce distances.
I believe it is important to specify that OMET has not slowed down any investment over the past months. Despite the emergency and the market uncertainties, we continued all the planned investments: internal ones like designing new products and technologies, and external ones like improving our organization and logistics, including the construction of the new plant in which OMET will transfer a business unit early next year.
OMET has continued to believe in the importance of investing even in difficult times: OMET is, and remains, a solid company with a good prospect of growth for the next few years: we move forward, with new products, new ideas and new technologies, and with investments aimed at improving our efficiency.