28.10.2021 – 01:00
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At the start of the coalition negotiations: SMEs are pushing for raw materials offensive
Managing Director Jerger: “Politicians can no longer stand by and stand by” – the backlog of orders is getting longer and longer
Osnabrück. In view of the increasing supply bottlenecks, German medium-sized companies are pushing for a raw materials offensive by the coming federal government, if necessary going it alone. Markus Jerger, General Manager of the Federal Association of Medium-Sized Enterprises (BVMW), says the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”: “Small and medium-sized enterprises expect that securing raw materials will become part of a coalition agreement. “
At the start of the coalition negotiations between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP in Berlin, Jerger emphasized: “Practically all SMEs are suffering from the worsening shortage of raw materials and supply bottlenecks.” He demanded that politicians should no longer stand idly by “when almost 80 percent of production companies complain about acute bottlenecks in the procurement of preliminary products”.
According to Jerger, companies in the manufacturing sector needed an arithmetical 7.3 months in August to process the existing orders, “because the required raw materials and intermediate products were available too late or not at all”. This is the highest value since data collection began in 2015. For comparison: In October 2019, orders were processed within an average of 5.6 months.
Jerger complained that the European Raw Materials Alliance and the Federal Government’s raw materials strategy from the previous year had so far proven to be blunt swords in the fight against raw material shortages. “The EU must therefore start a European raw materials offensive now: from aluminum and iron ore to oil and natural gas to rare earths. The goal must be strategic partnerships with resource-rich countries.” According to the BVMW managing director, this explicitly includes raw materials agreements with Russia or Iran, because trade has still overcome political borders.
Jerger added: “If the EU Commission does not present a binding schedule for a raw materials offensive, Germany can no longer rule out a national solo effort. Small and medium-sized enterprises expect securing raw materials to become part of a coalition agreement.”
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