"This is a peculiar year - the pandemic has made everything new and uncertain. One of few sectors unaffected by the crisis is the agricultural and food sector, especially when it comes to large retail chains and producers. Most of our clients belong to this category and, luckily, they are going through the crisis that is damaging many sectors. Growers continue to invest in greenhouses in order to increase and improve their productions," reports Maria Cipro, administrator of CO.SER in Francolise (CE), specializing in greenhouse production.
"In 2020, we are modernizing our company with innovative machinery. This year, we have inaugurated a state-of-the-art robotic welding line that makes us more efficient and helps us save time while guaranteeing increased operator safety."
"For a company, using a robotic arm means safeguarding the safety of its employees, as they are not exposed to the UV light generated by welding which, in the long term, can cause problems and even lead to cancer due to the fumes and heat. It also ensures a higher quality standard for our production process and greenhouses."
One of the CO.SER's distinctive marks is indeed quality. "We only use certified Italian material because we know fully well how the best products provide the best publicity. The fact that our clients increase thanks to word of mouth means the quality of our greenhouses is tangible and appreciated. This means we will continue on the same path in the future, while remaining open to suggestions from our clients to improve our structures."
Covid-19 and its consequences
"Our turnover is line with last year, but stress levels are much higher due to both the lockdown imposed in spring and because our team is not complete due to the high contagion rate in our region, which has affected our employees as well. Thankfully, those cases remained isolated thanks to distancing and the use of masks."
The closing of the company in March, a period when usually CO.SER accumulates processed material, blocked deliveries and caused delays that have yet to be compensated.
"Our delivery times have been extended - they used to be 30 working days pre-Covid, while now we are talking about 60 working days. At the moment, we have managed to catch up with the orders that had already been placed, but we are working to bring back our usual delivery times for next spring."
"We are hoping that this situation will end soon as, if it continues, it might have a negative effect on our sector as well due to indirect consequence of the crisis affecting the other sectors."
Maria Cipro - administrator
Via Valle Annunziata, 77
81050 Francolise (CE) - Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)823 884180