I really do not have a good way to ask someone in Asia or Europe how things are going in their fastener workplaces. Sure, a lot of people I work with are in contact with factories and get some feedback on deliveries, etc. but I would welcome some responses from anyone out there that would like to share a little bit on how their work atmosphere has changed and how they are adapting.
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Have any of you figured out how COVID-19, or the disease also know as coronavirus is going to affect your business yet? I see supply chain updates and realize some factories have temporarily shut down in other countries. Are domestic manufacturers seeing an increase in fill in orders? Anybody out there from the state of Washington? I think half your state is working from home now. I’m curious to see if ITR Economics offers any updated projections based on this situation. Fastener Fair says the show is still on in Charlotte in May but several others have been postponed. Friends in other industries are cancelling travel plans like crazy and several have told me that their trade shows and larger meetings have been cancelled. Curious if you have any thoughts on the matter.