The Coronavirus worries us all. The main concern is the health and well-being of our worldwide staff and mutual partners. I am happy to report that no one in our global organization and network has been affected, including our colleagues in China, Southeast Asia, and Europe. We must wait to see how this terrible virus will continue spreading around the world, and at this time there is no predictability of how it will evolve. Let us hope that the infections can be contained soon.
As an immediate and precautionary step, EMO Trans USA has put all international travel for personnel on hold for the upcoming weeks as we carefully monitor further developments.
The economic impact of the virus will be substantial in all countries. It is feared that some companies involved in international trade will not be able to survive. Fortunately, EMO Trans is in a good financial position and our foundational strength has prepared us for the possible sharp downturn in the Asia business. While those trade lanes represent a good portion of our overall traffic, the majority of our shipments are still with Europe, Latin America, and South Africa.
Meanwhile, in North America, we are preparing for Tracy and Colleen Thoburn’s retirement. We announced earlier this month the hiring of Mr. Paul Ciminelli as the new Managing Director of EMO Trans Canada, based in Toronto. He was welcomed on his first day by Jennifer Frigger-Latham, VP Sales & Marketing. Alex Paragamian will also be retiring from our Montreal office. We thank Tracy, Colleen, and Alex for a job well done. We greatly appreciate their continuous support and cooperation especially in the upcoming weeks as they work with Paul to ensure an orderly transition. Our Canadian team is pleased to see a clear and uninterrupted path forward for the company.
In Thailand and the Philippines, we solidified our new offices with Managing Directors, Aswin Pansiri in Bangkok and Gloria Legaste in Manila. We wish them both and their respective teams good success in developing and growing our organization in those countries.
Germany’s Thomas Klinkhammer recently celebrated 20 years with EMO Trans on February 1, 2020. His colleagues were delighted to surprise him with a photo collage of memories from his career with the company. Congratulations to Thomas from the worldwide EMO family!
Joining in the festivities were Oumarou Danladi, Raphael Schröder, Kristina Makovetskaia, Maike Heer, Jaqueline Karamarinov, Julia Niemeyer, Philipp Luhnen, Helmut Kerber, Niklas Bergmann, and Thomas Klinkhammer.