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drain TRADER


Three continents in the same day - Landia keep pumping with online meetings


W


ith global business travel looking so uncertain for the foreseeable future, a leading pump and mixer manufacturer says it is seeing considerable time and cost-savings with online meetings.


Landia, which is celebrating the 70th year of it inventing the chopper pump reports that it has been pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of online meetings and the number of positive outcomes.


Thorkild Maagaard, Landia’s Export Sales Director, commented:


“All of us want to get back to interacting with people, but in the meantime, we have no choice. For example, during the lockdown - via our Indian customer KIS Group, we have won a significant order to supply a digester mixing system for a municipal solid waste project in Nepal”.


He added: “Importantly, on-site commissioning will be online, so without all the usual costs and time, including long-haul flights, this is very much in keeping with an industry that wants to protect resources for a better and cleaner world”.


Maagaard also pointed to recent successful online presentations between Landia in Denmark and potential customers in Brazil, which prior to the Coronavirus lockdown would have meant a week away from the office.


ow we can have meetings on three continents in the same day for a mere fraction of the cost”, he continued.


“Of course, we can’t achieve everything online, but even though we are a solutions provider who doesn’t just sell pumps off the shelf, we are certainly seeing a new way of working. Realistically, it is going to take a very long time for travel and traditional meetings to be possible without numerous obstacles to overcome – yet even when that does happen, online meetings can continue to provide a very cost-effective and efficient alternative – more than ever before”.


Landia’s Thorkild Maagaard – ensuring global reach with online meetings


How is the Drainage Industry adapting to COVID-19? A


gainst the very uncertain backdrop created by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, businesses have had to adapt fast to their


changing environments. We caught up with two individuals working in the Drainage sector to see how they have been adjusting the way they work.


Interview with Calum Hoad, Director at DMS Ashbourne Ltd


What are the key ways you’ve been adapting?


COVID-19 has altered things massively. The main adaptation has been with our use of PPE and making sure that it’s all in place. The way that we are with our clients is different now, since taking on board the social distancing regulations. Especially with things such as the RAMS (Risk


58 drain TRADER | June 2020 | www.draintraderltd.com Did you feel prepared?


We were as well prepared as can be. We were never anticipating something of this scale to happen, but we had everything in place to


Assessment and Methods Statement) that we do. Previously, we were just using the RAMS set up to cover a general drainage site, but now that has to be set up to cover the Coronavirus risks too.


How do you communicate with staff about implementing some of these changes?


As soon as we were advised by the WHO (World Health Organisation), we started making changes. Those guidelines were passed directly onto our engineers. Obviously, the office staff were sent to work from home. So, now everything is done communicating via online apps and phone calls. There’s no face to face meetings or human interaction at the moment.


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