Häfele: supporting furniture manufacturers after COVID-19
Häfele is an internationally trusted name supplying furniture fittings, ironmongery and hardware to trade and is recognised for product and expertise in the industry.
Available to existing and new customers, the programme is designed to help furniture joiners and manufacturers increase sales and enquiries, as well as delivering projects on time and on budget despite the financial, operational and logistical challenges presented by the pandemic.
In order to help Häfele’s customers who may require extra support to plan future projects with confidence, the package includes a prize freeze on all products for the rest of 2020. It also includes a 50% reduction to the order value to qualify for free delivery, decreasing it from £100 to £50 until the end of September, with next day delivery available on orders by 3pm.
In addition, Häfele has brought together several of its existing added value services to make the design, specification and ordering process as easy as possible for furniture joiners and manufacturers. Its Technical Team is also available to offer advice on choosing the most suitable solutions from Häfele’s extensive range of products to meet the requirements of any project or budget.
The free-of-charge Lighting Design Service enables customers to explore different options on how integrated LED lighting can transform furniture, units and other products. On top of this, customers can take advantage of Häfele to Order, a bespoke manufacturing and packing service that allows customers to order products to their exact size and quantity, saving time on projects.
Natalie Davenport, Head of Marketing at Häfele UK, commented: “We know it’s a challenging time for many of our customers who are having to navigate new ways of working with social distancing, health and safety rules, and in some cases fewer team members to support with the day-to-day work.
“We’ve spent the last few months speaking to our customers to see how we can support them, all while making changes to our own business to enable us to work effectively and safely, so that we’re here to support our customers getting back to a new normal. Whether furniture joiners and manufacturers are looking for technical, specification or design support, we’re here as an extension of their team and can provide all of this and more.
“Ultimately our aim with Häfele Here to Help is to support our customers to secure projects and continue to grow their businesses. Whether we can help them refine their plans so that they meet their customers’ changing budgets, or find ways to improve the overall design and aesthetic of the project to maximise customer satisfaction, we’re here to help.”
Canoo Awards Manufacturing Contract to VDL Nedcar
Canoo, a trailblazing company in the electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing industry, has officially announced owned and contract manufacturing plans that will ensure the company manages to deliver on its promise to consumers of production and delivery of vehicles in Q4, 2022.
During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Chairman & CEO of Canoo, Tony Aquila, named VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner. VDL Nedcar, which I’m sure many of you will already have heard of, is the only independent Vehicle Contract Manufacturer in the Netherlands and has enjoyed fifty years of growth under owners, including Mitsubishi Motors and Volvo cars. According to the report, Nedcar will manufacture the Lifestyle Vehicle for the United States and European Union markets, while Canoo builds a US-based mega micro-factory.
"We conducted an exhaustive search, invested significant amounts of time and resources that span the globe, in our search for our Phase 1 contract manufacturer. VDL Nedcar is the right partner," said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, Inc. "They are the top trusted European manufacturer building high-quality products for leading OEMs, and they significantly outcompeted the other contenders. VDL is also independently owned by the van der Leegte family of entrepreneurs - which aligns with our commitment to support businesses that form the backbone of communities. This strategic partnership will enable us to deliver vehicles to market while we build our Phase 2 factory in Oklahoma. It also strongly positions us for geographic expansion in Europe and builds a lasting relationship with VDL Groep of companies. Our investment will help us scale quickly and fulfil our mission to bring affordable, purpose-built EVs to Everyone."
Canoo and VDL have already gotten to work on vehicle manufacturability and production planning so that Canoo can successfully lay the groundwork for its upcoming US manufacturing operations expansion, which will be completed in Oklahoma in 2022. The Nedcar facility currently expected to produce around 1000 units for both the US and European markets in 2022, with an additional 15000 targeted for the following year.
"Canoo's bold approach to designing and building electric vehicles makes them an ideal partner as we work together to shape the future of mobility," said John van Soerland, CEO of VDL Nedcar. "This partnership advances our strategic vision to provide a contract manufacturing solution and expand our expertise in the EV arena."
Currently, Canoo is entering its GAMMA phase of development and is on track to start production soon. The company intends and expects to launch its Lifestyle Vehicle in Q4 2022, closely followed by the Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle and Pickup Truck.
Watch this space.