26 July 2021
We pool our strengths! Every day at Wefapress® is characterized by a pioneering spirit, zest for action and pragmatism, borne by great solidarity. Every day brings more information about the degree of destruction, or reports of success on production areas that, contrary to all expectations, can be continued 100%. In the meantime, our colleagues from Wefapress®, Plast-r-us and Wikiplast Srl are growing beyond themselves, working 3-fold shifts, and discovering completely new aspects of themselves. A new trainee is coming next week. In this constellation, we feel well positioned!
Update. This is what Wefapress does:
- Our subsidiary Plast-r-us produces without restrictions in a 3-shift system.
- Our subsidiary Wikiplast Srl Italy provides additional production capacities.
- The old press area will go back into production in August.
- FlexGuard production resumed without restrictions this week.
- The turned parts department is again operating in double shifts.
- The compounding and heating and cooling systems are intact.
- The planing systems are available again at short notice.
Update in detail: Many systems look amazingly good!
Compression moulding: We now know that approx. 60 % of the plate production was destroyed. It is not yet clear whether all presses were actually affected. The fact is that the old press area with an annual production volume of 1500 tons can go back into production in week 33/34! As a result, we will soon be able to produce special compounds again, as we did not want to have the corresponding recipes or mixtures produced outside of our home. A very big advantage: The compounding areas and the heating and cooling systems were not affected. The planing systems are also available again at short notice if repairs are required. And the production of FlexGuard is in no way affected by the fire. Production will resume in week 30!
There are still areas around the actual source of the fire that are still not allowed to be entered. But as far as can be seen on drone videos, some systems look amazingly good!
CNC centers in Vreden and Italy increase production
Machining / technical processing: Here the degree of destruction is particularly serious. The good news: Our daughter Plast-r-us, who is in our neighborhood in Vreden, is in no way affected by the accident. Filling vacant jobs and an additional shift can absorb a large part of the jobs. Our subsidiary Wikiplast Srl from Italy is also actively helping and we are proud and grateful for their commitment. Despite all prophecies of doom, we still have numerous CNC centers in Vreden and Italy. The turned parts department was only affected by soot and smoke and was able to start up again with a double shift after eight days of downtime.
Thanks for the great help and solidarity!
“How do you actually do it?” We are often asked. It's simple: we are always there! We care, because Wefapress® is our family, our life and we feel responsible for our employees, our business partners and the region in which we have been rooted for five generations. We are incredibly grateful for the great help and solidarity that is shown to us at all levels - even from market companions from the neighborhood! We don't take that for granted at all. From this alliance we draw strength and the joy of rebuilding for mutual success!
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Update 2 after fire - The teams from Wefapress®, Plast-r-us & Wikiplast Srl
12 July 2021
Wefapress® doesn’t take a break - all orders are processed.
"Tears have flowed enough, now we are planning a new beginning." Two days after the big fire, the Beck entrepreneurial family expresses what has made this company great in the last 126 years: entrepreneurial spirit, strength, and the will to keep doing it better do. Not quite a week after the fire, a lot has already been arranged and work is going on again: Management teams, sales and staff are standing together and are highly motivated: It goes on!
The event releases tremendous energies in several ways. The day after the disaster, management and sales came together to discuss the next steps and develop an action plan. Everyone was there and ready: contact customers from Monday, talk to partners, take stock. At the same time clean up and restore the power supply so that the phones and computers are running again. Anyone who thought that Wefapress® would not be heard from for a while was wrong.
Image copyright: fire department Vreden
Update. This is currently going on at Wefapress®
- All orders are processed, only the delivery times are a little longer.
- Existing orders continue to run, everything is handled in the background for our customers.
- Inquiries are processed by us as usual.
- Our sales department is back in the office and continues to work undeterred.
The story has opened a new chapter for Wefapress®, which would not have been possible without the great support of the city of Vreden and the people who live here. The same applies to the related communities, the authorities and institutions that deal with the investigation of the cause (a technical defect), the recording of damage and its possible recording of regulations. Everyone treated us very fairly and tried to be quick.
The company's history has shown: “We can handle a crisis!” And the new beginning has already begun. We take all employees, trainees and our entire business environment with us on this journey! Construction has already started.
5 July 2021
Wefapress® looks ahead after the devastating fire
Saturday, 3 July 2021 will be a rememberable date in our company’s history, because at 4:20 a. m. the local fire department received an emergency call. What happened the next two days will present our company with one of its greatest challenges: A large fire destroyed large parts of our production. The inventory is currently in progress.
Thanks to the great commitment of all our forces on site neighboring buildings, such as neighboring companies or our new hall, were spared. No one was hurt! This is the most important news of the day. Our family would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for their commitment, their loyalty and their motivating, very personal words. One thing is certain: we are looking ahead and will continue.
The inventory is currently still in progress. As soon as we have an overview, we will provide you with the latest information immediately. Although we are aware of your worries, needs and questions, we ask you to be patient. These answers currently still need time. However, our head office is manned for urgent matters or questions.
Since 1895, Wefapress® has always emerged stronger from decisive events. Our family built the company with passion, energy and dedication and we are leading this company into the future with passion: for our employees, customers, partners and everyone in the region!