At PERFINOX there is an inalienable responsibility for people, the health and safety of our team, being essential for the continuity of the company’s activity.
At the beginning of this pandemic appeared our greatest challenge, stopping all international projects (in several countries in Europe and in the United States of America), returning our collaborators back and refocusing them in Arouca with strategic projects for the future.
The use of lay-off mechanisms were immediately refused, we knew that we had to face problems with courage for not weaken our ability to respond to our customers or lower the motivation of our collaborators. Having so many collaborators at our facilities is unusual, which could have been a problem, but we have joined forces and redefined the entire 2020 strategy to ensure that jobs are maintained, and that future growth continues. An internal focus strategy, with the development of new projects and new ideas for the future resulting in four new equipment following our commitment to public safety and quality.
The development of the international market was one of our bets, resulting in the establishment of agency contracts for thirteen new countries. So PERFINOX is working on the ASME’s Conformity Assessment program. This means that the technologies in our PERFIPROCESS range will also comply with laws and regulations in nearly all U.S.A. states and Canadian provinces, giving confidence that relevant Quality Assurance processes, products and parts are safe, high-quality, reliable and consistent.
It took only 3 months to obtain these results and still the most important step from the company history, the development of the PERFIPROCESS Technology Center, a process room composed by the main machines from the wide range of PERFIPROCESS equipment. The center will be used as a “Showroom”, Research & Development Center for the PERFINOX Engineering team as well as for customers trials and scale up engineering.
To make customers confident with solutions and systems presented, offering the unique possibility to try different process setups at industrial scale and develop new ideas and custom processing concepts.
PERFINOX already had contingency plans duly structured for an eventual difficulty. This prior preparation certainly helped to have these great results and to be able to face the problems with courage, leading the way to a necessary change.
It is almost sure that the times ahead will not be the same at a social and economic level, if there is no political ability to meet the needs that companies need, everything can be questioned. Postponing solutions in time is not solving problems, creating false expectations for employees by giving them false feelings that everything will be solved is a serious problem of lack of vision. It will take years to get back to where we were before the pandemic, in some sectors we may never again reach the levels of excellence we lived.
We believe that soon we will have good news from the scientific community, because we are great warriors, with humility and common sense, all together, we will once again turn the corner. It is important to emphasize that for the scientific community achieve anything, it is necessary that everyone, without exception, realize the country never needed people as much it does now, so now is the time for a change in the awareness and principles of first-rate countries, not only in the obligation of rights, but also to assume values and responsibilities." - António Jorge Tavares, PERFINOX CEO at 13th edition Magazine Encontros AECA