The brightest evening of the country’s graduates ended, which the guys were looking forward to this year. So, as always, the Scarlet Sails Festival 2020 became a beautiful chord of the All-Russian holiday. This year it was both traditional and completely unusual at the same time. We tell you what the Scarlet Sails 2020 surprised.
The main innovation of this year is the change of locationPhoto: Oleg GOLD
Well, firstly, the main innovation is the change of location. For several years in a row, a snow-white brig passes through the water area Not you along the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage and right under the Palace Bridge. This year, another, no less picturesque place was chosen, with very recognizable sights. Petersburg – stadium “Gazprom-Arena “, Lakhta-center and cable-stayed bridge ZSD.
Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country.Photo: Artem KILKIN
The second innovation: live Petersburgers and visitors could not see all this beauty. And all because this year there are special requirements: because of the pandemic, access to the park is closed, it was also impossible to see from the water, since part of the Neva and the Gulf of Finland were blocked. GIMS boats and various services went around the water area and made sure that no one violated the ban. Law enforcement officers were also on duty on land: if they met people in a territory where there should not be anyone, they politely asked to leave the place and go home.
Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast.Photo: Artem KILKIN
And at home, by the way, everyone would have considered it in the best possible way: there was a live broadcast of a concert and a pyrotechnic show on the Internet and on TV. By the way, on the screen you can see what on the shore would definitely not be accessible to the eye. And all because along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland there were several scenes at once and on each of them there was an action.
The main stage was next to the Gazprom Arena stadium, it was also very unusual – as if soaring in the air, and with it the stars acting on it. Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Александрова.
Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria AlexandrovaPhoto: Oleg GOLD
Timur Rodriguez, Vera performed their hits Brezhnev, RASA group, Dima Bilan and Surganova. And there were surprises in the form of a show of pirates and drummers, yes, it is worth noting separately what costumes the artists had – just space ones. Be sure to watch Bilan’s performance if you missed. And also a salute, well, the passage itself of a sailboat!
The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworksPhoto: Oleg GOLD
By the way, the pyrotechnic show lasted almost half an hour, hundreds of volleys were launched into the sky, the first cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was used. It was both a platform for light, and for launching a salute.
But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of FinlandPhoto: Oleg GOLD
And at the end of the extravaganza, the romantic Assol soared above the water to meet her dream. By the way, this year the holiday was dedicated to the author of the fairy tale about Scarlet Sails Alexander Green – marks 140 years since his birthday.
If you missed the broadcast live, there is an opportunity to watch the best moments of the show.
Graduation Scarlet Sails in St. Petersburg ended with a grandiose salute.Alena CHICHIGINA
In the Chinese city of Baoding, which is neighboring Beijing and Hebei province due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the wholesale market, Beijing imposed martial law. This is with reference to these authorities was announced by NBD.
The decision of the power made from the location of Baoding to Beijing, and “extremely close” freight transport and active movement of people between cities.
In Baoding, home to more than 11.5 million people. The city is located 140 km from Beijing.
Wholesale market in Beijing was closed after two of his officers found a coronavirus.
Possibility to open also Sundays and Mondays, separate workstations of at least two meters, waiting areas for customers outside the shop. These are some of the guidelines for hairdressers and beauticians indicated in the Inail and ISS technical document approved yesterday by the Scientific and Technical Committee in view of the reopening of the activities scheduled for May 18. General rules, INAIL points out, which concern a sector considered to be at “medium-high” risk involving about 140 thousand companies and 260 thousand employees.
“In order to ensure accessibility to services after a long period of closure and in consideration of the measures to be adopted, which will likely reduce the number of treatments simultaneously – reads the document – it is appropriate to provide for the possibility of allowing derogations from the days of closing and allow the extension of the opening hours of the premises “.
To rationalize the internal spaces and allow social distancing, experts also point out, it will be necessary “to encourage the creation of waiting areas” for customers “also outside the premises, allowing where possible the occupation of public land in derogation”. The Inail then indicates a whole series of “general organizational measures”: they range from the compulsory reservation (phase in which the required types of treatment must be “predetermined”) to the separation barriers between the various areas, from the provision of a minimum distance of at least two meters between the stations to eliminate “magazines and any other object that may be of mixed use in the room”. The temperature must also be taken for customers, given to them an “individual disposable bag / bag to collect personal effects”, to privilege payments with ATMs and contactless systems. Both for customers and employees there is obviously an obligation to wear a mask (for workers also nitrile gloves and face shields) and disposable aprons and towels must be used, as well as sanitizing the workstations and tools after each treatment and prepare dispensers with sanitizing solutions. Experts also enter into social relations between the customer and the shop owner or employee. It is necessary, they write, “to privilege the conversation with the customer through the mirror and carry out the procedures while remaining behind the customer in all possible cases”. A chapter of the technical document is dedicated to beauticians, a sector where “risk prevention measures from biological agents” are already in use. But this is not enough: for face treatments that require the use of steam, experts explain, alternative operations will have to be envisaged and in any case they can only be done in separate rooms. Saunas, Turkish baths and whirlpools must also remain closed and all surfaces of the beauty cabin must be cleaned and disinfected at each change of customer. Workers are expected to use Ffp2 and ffp3 masks and not surgical ones, in addition to protective masks or visors. (HANDLE).
A 5G transmitter was destroyed in an arson attack in Huddersfield in Northern England.
Dusseldorf The network operator Vodafone has warned of attacks on cell towers in Germany. Arson attacks have already taken place in several EU countries. Similar things could happen in Germany, said Vodafone Germany boss Hannes Ametsreiter on Wednesday.
“These activities can endanger life,” said Ametsreiter. In the UK, a cell tower near a hospital was destroyed, and emergency calls could not be made. That is a worrying development.
The background to the attacks are conspiracy theories that have linked the expansion of 5G mobile communications to the outbreak of the corona pandemic. Masts had been damaged or destroyed in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Cyprus.
Despite attempts by scientists and politicians to calm the population, concerns about similar events in Germany are increasing. Vodafone technical director Gerhard Mack said: “We must not fool ourselves.” The expansion of 5G mobile radio is still in the early stages in Germany. In the Federal Republic, “many thousands of new masts” would still have to be built to supply the population with 5G.
German industry in particular had been pushing for a 5G supply that was as extensive as possible. She hopes to be the basis for new products, better networking of production and the basis for applications such as autonomous driving.
Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom announced on Wednesday to significantly expand the expansion of 5G mobile radio in Germany. Telekom wants to supply half of the German population with 5G this year. That would correspond to about 40 million people. “We have big plans for 5G and will bring the latest mobile communications standard to large parts of Germany this year,” says Telekom Germany boss Dirk Wössner.
Vodafone also announced that it would make its 5G network available to around ten million people in Germany this year. In the beginning, Vodafone focused on the cities, said Ametsreiter. “Now we’re bringing 5G to the area.”
Important frequencies for 5G were auctioned in Germany last year. In addition to Telekom and Vodafone, Telefónica Deutschland and the newcomer also secured themselves for a total of 6.55 billion euros Drillish, behind which the group United Internet (Brands 1 & 1, GMX, Web.de) stands, frequencies. The nationwide expansion of mobile radio technology will take years.
More: This is how scientists assess the theories about the relationship between 5G and corona.
Hamburg Everything was ready for the typical Hamburg self-praise: an event room with a view of the Alster and the five main churches, mini-burgers and Fritz-Kola, plus a colorful presentation. However, the last start-up event of the Hamburg Invest business development agency and the local PwC consulting office came shortly before the corona shutdown to settle the assembled start-up scene with its location.
“Hamburg is a master of self-deception when it comes to the tech environment,” said the founder of the navigation software provider Wunder Mobility, Gunnar Froh. “It starts with the embarrassing regional airport.” Glad is not just any frustrated founder, but the boss of one of the largest and fastest growing flagship startups in the city.
His thesis: The city ignores the facts. There was a lack of demonstrable successes such as large exits by founders. Instead, a lot of “PR talk and frosting”, also in the PwC study just presented. “I’m only in Hamburg with my company for private reasons,” said Froh.
In the first wave of Internet start-ups around 2000, Hamburg was considered to be Germany’s Internet capital – with once sounding names like Kabel New Media, Pixelpark and network pilots, including the AOL Germany headquarters. The high point of this first wave, which was mainly driven by advertisers, was 20 years ago.
The statistics on investments and start-ups show that Hamburg is far behind Berlin and Munich in the current boom of software and tech start-ups compared to Germany. To many in the city, the new reality has not yet penetrated.
But that would be necessary in order not to lose the connection completely. In the coalition negotiations that Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) wants to start with the Greens shortly, the topic should play a secondary role at best. With the current Corona aid, the town hall has so far referred to federal aid when it comes to startups and prefers to think about measures for music clubs and showmen.
“In terms of the number of new start-ups, we are on par with Berlin,” Tschentscher said in an interview with Handelsblatt in February. “Compared to the rest of Germany, Hamburg still has the most IT employees, even if individual decisions are not in our interest.”
In fact, the city is visibly losing traction – at least if it is not about the sheer number of start-ups from the ice cream parlor to the auto repair shop, but rather about startups. According to the start-up monitor of the consultancy EY, the inflow of venture capital to Hamburg fell in the past year against the national trend by 54 percent to 254 million euros.
“In Hamburg, we still draw a lot from what was created ten or 15 years ago and we take advantage of small progress. But even much smaller cities like Riga have developed much faster, ”says Daniel Barke, founder of the freelance agent WorkGenius.
Not enough talent on site
The city is also losing importance for the big players from the USA: Google For example, which has had its official Germany headquarters with many advertising salespeople on Hamburg’s ABC-Straße for many years, employs another 1,500 people in its German IT development – but in Munich, where the group is building a global data protection center.
Also Apple and Amazon increase in Bavaria and Berlin. This is shown by a train journey itself: the new offices of Google, Scout24 and Citric are lined up next to each other on the tracks towards Munich Central Station. When entering Hamburg, the focus is primarily on new apartments in HafenCity.
This is not only due to the fact that, unlike Berlin and Munich, Hamburg failed decades ago to move the trade fair and airport to the outskirts and all too often equates economic policy with port funding. Above all, tech companies in Hamburg lack access to specialists who regularly switch from start-up to start-up in Berlin and always come fresh from the TU in Munich.
“We hardly find any talent on site,” confirms Wunder founder Froh. In Hamburg there were only 5,000 potential programmers at all, he calculates – far too little. The result: out of ten hires a month, he had to attract eight from abroad. Even the positively colored PwC survey among start-up founders shows this: “One in three describes access to qualified personnel in Hamburg as poor,” says PwC site manager Thorsten Dzulko.
One of the causes: the weak position of Hamburg’s universities in IT courses. According to the PwC study, not one of them is from Hamburg among the top 10 start-up universities. Universities from Munich and Berlin are ranked first, third and fourth.
The competition is not just national. “We don’t compete for talent with Berlin, but with London and Amsterdam,” says Froh. The search for talent in Berlin is also easier because the city is now more international, WorkGenius founder Barke agrees: “In Berlin I hear a lot of foreign languages on the street, hardly in Hamburg.” Even to the Welcome Center of the Residents’ Registration Office, employees would have to find new ones Accompany people without knowledge of German to translate.
Froh demands that the city should set itself specific goals, such as increasing the number of programmers tenfold within ten years: “Capital does not really have to be local. But it would be nice if employees could be found locally more often. ”
The shortage leads to unusual steps: The provider of the supplier platform “Who delivers what”, Visable, even bought the Berlin start-up used.de – not because of the business model, but to be represented in the capital with its own team. This should help the former book publisher after a management buyout to convert it into a digital house by giving them local access to talent and networks.
Hamburg politicians have recognized the problem of a shortage of skilled workers, but solutions are still taking place. The “Ahoi Digital” program, which was announced in 2017, was to create 35 additional computer science professorships and 1,500 additional study places. However, a small request from the CDU opposition at the end of 2019 showed that only three professorships had been appointed, only 190 study places were created, and only € 5 million out of € 32.9 million in additional money.
The slow pace is also problematic because public initiative in Hamburg has to fill gaps that, for example, fill private actors in Berlin. While in the capital, corporations like that Deutsche Telekom, Consultancies such as Roland Berger and start-up networks set up their own start-up centers and meeting places, public actors have to step in in the Hanseatic city.
In the immediate vicinity of the central station, for example, cranes are currently rebuilding the US pavilion from the Milan World Expo. The project “Hammerbrooklyn” emerging there, named after a district of Hamburg, is also intended to network start-ups and corporations.
However, the project is not supported by the internet economy, but after protracted negotiations by a foundation – including the economic institute HWWI and a real estate investor, as well as Roland Berger digital boss Björn Bloching and advertiser Mathias Müller-Using. The urban subway operator Hochbahn is said to be one of the first users of the start-up building. The plans are correspondingly airy.
Corona crisis threatens Hamburg start-ups
But such optimistic initiatives, including one Hub for logistics start-ups in an old warehouse in the Speicherstadt and the relocation of a branch of the Silicon Valley accelerator Plug & Play are still urgently needed. Because the start-up scene lacks networking. Kathrin Pietschmann from the venture capital arm of the local eyewear company Fielmann is disillusioned: “There is no event here where we meet our network,” she says.
Relevant events such as the Berlin Internet conference Noah were missing in Hamburg. The event has blossomed splendidly in recent years Online Marketing Rockstars (OMR) is aimed primarily at advertisers, less at tech people and venture capitalists. Because of Corona, it will be canceled this year.
At the same time, the financial support does not get going. A year and a half ago, the city designated the Hamburg venture capitalist Neumann Partners as a partner for a Hamburg fund with up to 100 million euros after a tender. Up to ten million euros are to come from the local development bank IFB, which currently has its hands full with the Corona aid.
The first closing of the fund at EUR 35 million, which was actually aimed for at the end of 2019, has not yet taken place due to a lack of funds raised – and should become even more difficult in the impending recession. Other important investors, such as the highly active founder capital Eventures, moved to Berlin years ago and are driving the scene there.
In the corona crisis, it could be particularly tight for Hamburg start-ups. “Now it’s important to get in touch with investors quickly,” says Froh. But the Berlin founders are much better networked with donors. He also fears that many employees recruited from abroad could travel to their home country as soon as the travel restrictions drop. That would increase the shortage of graduates from North German universities.
There is already a first Corona victim among the start-ups: A few days before Easter, holiday home broker Casamundo came to an end. Two years ago, the Berlin competitor HomeToGo took over the Hamburg company and actually agreed to keep the location on the Elbe.
“Because of the corona crisis, it is not possible to continue operating the Hamburg office. It’s a shame for us, ”said a HomeToGo spokesman. However, the new owner had previously moved some Casamundo functions to Berlin. Now only the brand from the Hamburg foundation remains.
Barke from WorkGenius is now critically criticizing his location: “If I were to start up again, I would not do it in Hamburg, but in the United States.” Since the beginning of the year, his company has been looking for ten IT staff in Hamburg and New York. All positions are already filled in the US city, only two in Hamburg. But moving is not possible – after all, he has almost 70 employees in Hamburg. Wonderful founders Froh criticized that there were no positive examples as inspiration.
The much praised Hamburg unicorn About You, with a valuation of over a billion euros, was actually founded by the Otto Group. And the millionaires from the first wave of Hamburg’s internet today preferred to invest in secure real estate business rather than in new start-ups.
Such a fundamental criticism stems from disappointed love for the location – and the quiet hope that the city could still manage to catch up. “The basic requirements are there. So now we have to put our finger in the wound, ”says Barke.
After all, successful networks have emerged in the niche – for example in logistics, fintech or games. “We should not try to become a second Berlin or a second Munich, but rather build an ecosystem with our own strengths – together with the universities and the large local companies,” warns Barke.
Wunder-Chef Froh also sees a great advantage for Hamburg: “Talents from abroad want to stay with us once I have shown them the Reeperbahn and the quality of life on the Alster and Elbe.”
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Meghan Markle: Behavior puzzles – but now it comes to light that …
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: A few weeks ago, the royal couple was the number one topic of conversation worldwide. But now everything is different. It is suspiciously calm Meghan Markle and become their prince.
This is particularly evident in one case. Queen Elizabeth II moved the entire nation with her video speech last Sunday. The topic: the corona virus. The Queen of England addressed the people in this form only four times during her 68-year term. For many it is all the more surprising how Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry – the Queen’s grandson – responded to their words.
Meghan Markle: Puzzling silence on the Queen’s speech
Not at all. While Kate Middleton and Prince William subsequently praised the Queen on Instagram, behaved Meghan Markle and her husband, however, completely calm in public.
Experts now think they know what could be the reason.
So it was quiet about Meghan Markle
Kicked off on March 31 Meghan Markle and Harry officially returned as senior royals. Since then, she lives with Baby Archie, isolated from Buckingham Palace in Los Angeles, California. And have not only turned away from royal duties, but also from social media.
Meghan Markle: Last Instgaram post more than clear
In a last post a day before the Megxit, the couple said on their Sussex Royal account that they wanted to retire on Instagram first so that they could spend more time with the small family.
Meghan Markle was born in California in 1981
It became known through the US series “Suits”
In 2018 she married Prince Harry
Since then, Meghan has been the Duchess of Sussex
Her first son Archie was born in 2019
In January 2020, the couple announced the retreat
The Megxit entered into force on March 31, 2020
So far, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have kept that. No Instagram post and therefore no social media statement on the Queen’s historical speech. According to the British, insiders suspect expressthat her last words on Instagram are also the reason why there is no public reaction to the video message.
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Queen Elizabeth II turns to the people
Queen Elizabeth II is sure to understand that. Finally, one of the sentences in her Corona speech just before Easter was: “Even today, some find it painful to be separated from their loved ones. Today as before, we know deep down that it’s the right thing to do. ”
The economist assumes that there will be fewer business trips after the crisis than before.
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The pandemic will not herald the end of globalization, believes the head of the Brussels research institute Bruegel, Guntram Wolff. Much now depends on whether the foreclosure tendencies gain the upper hand in politics.
Mr. Wolff, do you expect the pandemic to question global value chains? We will certainly see a rethink in medical goods. Politicians will urge manufacturers to produce critical products in Europe and to build up larger stocks so that they can react quickly in an emergency. In other sectors, however, governments are likely to leave the decision to businesses. I don’t think we will see deglobalization on a broad scale.
Why not? We have seen epidemics over and over again, such as the plague pandemic in the 14th century or the Spanish flu, and globalization has continued to advance since then. But the corona virus is likely to leave a dent.
Will many companies become more independent of individual countries like China? Many companies will try to diversify more. Anyone who has had delivery problems due to the production stop in individual regions such as the Hubei province should also look for alternative suppliers in other parts of the world. Even if it means more effort and costs to manage contracts with two suppliers than with one. I also assume that there will be fewer short business trips after the crisis than before – many managers are now experiencing the benefits of video conferencing.
Free trade was on the defensive even before the pandemic, and the US-China tariff conflict has also hit many European companies. Much will now depend on whether the free trade institutions like the WTO hold out or whether the tendency towards foreclosure continues to increase. Then many companies would also relocate their production.
The EU is also placing increasing emphasis on technological sovereignty. There is a discussion about becoming more independent of the United States or China in critical infrastructures such as cloud computing in order to have more political leeway. This discussion has now been expanded to include the health sector.
More: The corona crisis is changing global value chains. Instead of proximity and efficiency, distance and security are now the order of the day.
Paris Guillaume Faury currently commutes between Toulouse and Paris, but he spends most of his time in endless video conferences in front of the computer. There are also working days with 24 hours, because airbus is represented on three continents. “The battery of my computer just went flat”, he wonders at the beginning of our conversation, which we have on the phone because of the lockdown.
“Almost all airlines in the world currently have no income,” he summarizes the situation. Your own company is now adapting as quickly as possible, with reduced production and delivery rates. Faury still seems to be moved by thunder when he classifies the crisis: “The pace of decline is unprecedented.”
At the annual press conference in mid-February, the further increase in delivery rates was still the working hypothesis for the next few years. The brakes were applied within a few days when it became clear that worldwide civil aviation was first reduced, then almost completely stopped.
Faury and his team started early to convert the factories to production under the conditions of the virus – with a new work organization that puts protection against infection first.
The Airbus people have seen that this works, even if productivity drops. That’s why Faury is determined to get the industry out of the artificial coma that governments put it in: he wants a quick exit from the lockdown.
“It is very important to understand that the removal of curfews does not mean that we can no longer fight the virus, but that it means working differently.” He was clear that “we should get to the phase we are as soon as possible Avoid spreading the virus while working at the same time. “
The CEO does not accept that it is just an either-or, as some politicians and scientists claim, that is, the choice between protecting people or stimulating the economy: both are possible at the same time. “I am very convinced that this is possible.”
Reinvent the work
For a Frenchman who runs a company based in Toulouse, courage is required to take this point of view. French politicians have been making it clear for weeks that they do not want to have an exit discussion. The exit restrictions are being extended. But Faury is not the only talk of the global manager who needs a perspective for his company, but also the engineer who is looking for practical solutions instead of religious struggles.
Airbus had to find the answers quickly because its own plant in Tianjin was affected by the outbreak of the pandemic in China. Airbus has final civil aircraft assembly plants in Europe, China, the United States and Canada. In January, the Tianjin site was the first to go into crisis.
“Things escalated very quickly there, our teams had to reinvent the whole organization,” reports Faury. “Now they work with masks, with protective suits, and a lot of time is spent cleaning before and after each shift.” The effort is worth it, says the CEO, because 99 percent of the workforce in Tianjin are now working again, “We are almost at the normal production rate “.
In the other countries, production had to be stopped in order to adapt the processes to new protection and hygiene regulations. Hamburg, focal point for the most important A320 aircraft family, is now again running at around half the capacity. Toulouse is still recovering, says Faury.
Spain is a special case. As soon as the factories there had changed, they had to be closed again by government decision. Justification: Production is not vital.
Faury refrains from criticism, but points out that Airbus has set up a kind of airlift for protective equipment between China and Europe with test planes and has also given Spain millions of masks. The Quebec site is also in an artificial coma, while production in Mobile in the USA is at a very low level.
The manufacturer had to switch completely, from expanding its delivery numbers to shrinking. For the A320 bread-and-butter plane, he cut the monthly rate from 60 to 40 planes. Faury warns that the company may have to readjust in a few months: The crisis is not only hard, it could also last for a long time.
The restart of production is not an end in itself, insists the CEO. “We process around 500,000 components in every aircraft, the stop was a vital, an existential risk for us.” The Frenchman, who always seems calm, does not like dramatization, but at this point he becomes emotional: “We had to maintain the blood circulation or the risk of one Take a circulatory collapse. ”
Continuing to work with other processes means: “The flow of the parts has changed, the employees move through the factories differently: We have changed the shifts, to avoid our employees eating in the canteens. We have remodeled washrooms and changing rooms and redesigned every workplace where more than one person works at the same time. “He was impressed by the creativity and speed with which our employees reinvented work,” says the boss Workforce performance.
The top manager warns against weighing himself in false security. No company can feel protected, not even Airbus: “We are in the front row when it comes to risk.” Fortunately, the company had a thick liquidity cushion and quickly secured a large credit line. For the time being, he has made provisions, believes Faury.
Rescue of the airlines has priority
He does not want a government injection of capital. Management used country by country and plant by plant to assess short-time working. Airbus is not alone, everyone in the industry depends on each other. The priority for the CEO is to save the airlines.
Care must be taken to ensure that they can meet their payment obligations to manufacturers such as Airbus. The securing of export credits would be necessary to a greater extent. And one or the other supplier could be dependent on capital support from funds or government agencies. If all of this is guaranteed, then “Airbus can work with the entire supply chain”.
Keeping them alive is one of the Frenchman’s greatest concerns. After all, even after the crisis, when production starts up again, it has to work flawlessly. The German-French-Spanish company took years to work with the suppliers, to get them used to certain quality standards and fast production rhythms. Faury definitely wants to secure the existing cooperations. “That’s why we maintain a certain amount of power on the aircraft we produce.”
In the medium term, Airbus has to ask three questions:
Is your own production, which is spread across many countries, still the optimal shape?
What will happen to the global supply chains?
And should the company manufacture more in Europe again?
Faury admits that all of this is being considered. His first answers: “Having multiple locations is also an advantage.” Last year there was a bottleneck during final assembly in Hamburg, when other plants stepped in. “Having factories in China, the United States and Europe will probably continue to be our business model even after the corona crisis.” But whether everything stays the same in Europe, Faury cannot be looked at. The stop in Spain wormed the management, you can feel it.
Second consequence: The supply chain must be further secured and freed from default risks, the engineer analyzes. So far, attempts have been made not to be dependent on a single supplier for each component. “The crisis will definitely accelerate this trend.”
The question of reshoring remains that many governments and companies are asking themselves: should Europe produce with complete sovereignty? “To be a little less dependent on international trade is something we look at,” admits Faury. But aviation is an international business, “Closing our activities in the United States and China would not be the right way for Airbus”.
Aviation will change
Faury has only been serving as CEO and member of the board since early 2019. Now he has to steer the company through its toughest crisis. So far, he has been able to do this successfully, because the group has not been in a state of shock. In addition to the acute crisis response, which gives the protection of liquidity the highest priority, Faury must already allocate the scarcer investments to the most important projects.
How do you do that without being able to see the future? “I can confirm that I don’t have a crystal ball,” says the manager, laughing. However, he has a few working hypotheses that he readily shares. So Faury does not expect an economic crisis, after which air traffic will continue as before.
Environmental protection, reducing CO2 emissions, is becoming even more important. Airbus will concentrate its funds on this, Faury says. And the health risk remains a big issue. He also does not know the extent of air travel in the future.
But Faury anticipates that a large number of passengers will want to avoid spending a lot of time in crowded airports in the future to wait for a connecting flight.
As a result, the Frenchman expects more point-to-point connections on long-haul routes, a trend that was already evident before the crisis. For aircraft manufacturers, if it does, that means increased demand for machines that are long-distance capable without offering as many seats as a jumbo.
Size no longer asked
Airbus got like competitor Boeing Already in 2019 you could feel that the largest models – the new 777-X at Boeing and the large versions of the A350 at Airbus – no longer met the expected demand. With the largest aircraft ever built, the A380, Airbus has already pulled the plug and stopped manufacturing. Some airlines are considering decommissioning this super jumbo after the crisis.
Airbus is fortunate to be able to offer the airlines smaller alternatives. From the A320 family, these are the A321 with a long range and the future A321 XLR with an even larger radius. Even the smallest version of the A350 will be requested, Faury expects.
It will still take some time before orders arrive again. Cancellations due to the corona crisis had not been able to cope with Airbus in March, but they will come. Faury consoles himself that the space and defense sectors have not suffered so far.
The spirit in his own company also makes him confident: “The collaboration, solidarity and understanding of the larger context and the need to form a team have never been as great at Airbus as they are now.” That makes him “very optimistic” .
More: This is how a responsible restart of the economy can succeed.
Mülheim: Men fight with wooden slats in front of a kebab shop
Mulheim. Mass beating in Mulheim on Saturday night!
At 8:26 p.m., the police turned into a kebab shop in Eppinghofer Straße in Mulheim called. Several people were involved in a fight there, as a police spokesman told DER WESTEN.
Mülheim: 20 people fight in front of a kebab shop
The incident happened in front of the “Ruhrpott Döner” shop in Mülheim. Initially, only a few individuals are said to have verbally hostile themselves. But the situation is said to have rocketed quickly – according to police information, around 20 people ended up fighting in front of the kebab shop.
A Facebook video shows how individual clubs hit each other with wooden slats. According to the police, three people suffered minor injuries. The exact reason for the dispute is not yet known. Allegedly, a disagreement over a kebab may have triggered the fight.
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