COVID-19’s Impact on Industrial Manufacturing and Broadband

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A year after the COVID-19 pandemic transformed the way we live and work, a glimmer of hope lies on the horizon. Cases in the United States are dropping, and the vaccine rollout is well underway.

As a result, many of us can’t help but look back on where we started. How has the pandemic affected the industrial manufacturing and broadband industries? What have we learned?

Here to discuss these topics with host Daniel Litwin is Barry Holt, Vice President of Global Cable Operations at Amphenol Broadband Solutions.

A National Association of Manufacturers survey found that almost 80% of manufacturers expected the pandemic to hurt their business, especially in operations, workforce reduction and the impact of a global recession. However, Amphenol has come out from the worst of it relatively unscathed.

Holt largely attributed it to the company’s strict adoption of health and safety measures after the initial lockdown in China throughout its global facilities.

“We realized that it could be terrible if we had an outbreak that hit the plant, and we could be shut down for long periods of time,” he said as he looked back on the actions the organization took last year. “The biggest thing was not fighting the process and taking it to the extremes from day one.”

Although there was some pushback in the early stages of the pandemic, soon enough, Amphenol employees were grateful for the stringent measures that were put in place – especially in countries with more lax safety guidelines.

“A lot of the feedback we got from people as it got worse was that they felt a lot safer at work than they did at home or on public transportation or out in their daily lives,” Holt said. “I think that was because of the different approaches countries took, and people looked at work and thought, ‘I feel safe at work because everything’s being contained.’”

If you enjoyed this episode of Wavelengths, visit Amphenol Broadband Solutions’ website for more content and interviews with industry experts and thought leaders.

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