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Business back on track for Vietnam OEM despite lockdown

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Jim Harris, Managing Director of Geoson: “We are starting to see components trickle through now, which is allowing us to get production back on track.”

Like many countries in the world, Vietnam is currently in lockdown, with only essential services remaining open.

But Geoson International, an OEM fishing tackle manufacturer with factories in Long An, outside Ho Chi Minh City, has managed to continue working throughout the crisis, apart from a forced 10-day government closure after the Lunar New Year break.

Geoson adjusted the staffing between its two facilities to ensure it kept below the government-enforced maximum staffing levels. This enabled it to continue working, while larger factories with larger groups of people were closed for longer. 

“Initially our production was limited to products sourced 100% in Vietnam, as anything featuring Chinese or other foreign components were delayed by factory closures or shipping slowdowns,” said Jim Harris, Managing Director of Geoson.

“This meant a major rework of our production schedules and constant follow-ups with customers to advise them when we would be likely to ship their orders.

“It also meant asking more of our local suppliers in order to keep us supplied. We are starting to see components trickle through now, which is allowing us to get production back on track. 

“Production will be okay for the next few months with existing orders in the system. The issue for all will be the longer term, when we may need to reassess staffing and production based on future orders.”

In addition to standard health checks in and around its factories, Geoson has security guards taking temperature checks of visitors to ensure staff are not contaminated.

Geoson has been in constant contact with customers, advising them of any unforeseen delays, when orders will be finished and shipments available.

“We are also holding some orders here until our customers are ready and able to receive them due to their own country’s work closures,” added Harris. “All customers have been very understanding, just as we have been with their requirements.”

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