One year after the takeover of Procast Guss GmbH, managing partner Florian Feddeck draws a positive balance: "We survived despite the Corona - and that without any government funding." The iron foundry's business results are over of the financial year on September 30, 2020 almost balanced - even though sales had slumped in the meantime. “The renovation that began a year ago is showing success,” says Feddeck. "We were able to defy the crisis and are continuing our realignment." Above all, the fast and sustainable investment in the company's digitization helped to keep the processes running smoothly even in times of Corona.
Despite the corona pandemic, Procast Guss was able to win several new customers in the past few months. In addition to numerous medium-sized companies, there is also an MDAX group among them. "Corona is also an opportunity for us - because many companies are questioning their supply chains and want to buy more in Germany," explains Feddeck. Procast Guss also reliably supplied its customers during the pandemic. The company also responded quickly when a competitor went down. Feddeck: "We can deliver new cast parts in series within four weeks."
An important measure to stabilize the company are new collective agreements with long terms. "The close cooperation with IG Metall and the support from our workforce have been extremely important in the past twelve months," emphasizes Feddeck. "I am glad that we have succeeded in turning the years of opposition into a constructive cooperation." Procast Guss GmbH has foundries in Gütersloh, Bad Saulgau and Nortorf. Feddeck also sees the lower capacity utilization during the corona pandemic as an opportunity: “We were able to optimize our processes with the free capacities. We have further increased quality and productivity. "
In the past year, Procast Guss also invested a six-figure sum in digitizing the company. This enables i.a. an agile collaboration between the locations - even without physical contact. "We can now implement our customer projects even faster thanks to new digital processes," emphasizes Feddeck.
Procast Guss has also significantly strengthened its personnel for the further positive development: With Graziano Sammati, Procast has gained an experienced casting expert as a new member of the management and technical director. Björn Ploch has been in charge of the Bad Saulgau plant since the summer. Ploch was previously the managing director of the Dinklage iron foundry. Since October 1st, Marianne Wenert has also strengthened the team as the new sales manager. Marianne Wenert has been at home in the casting industry since 2002, most recently at Heidelberg Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. She will continue to expand sales and provide new impetus for new customer acquisition at home and abroad.