It's been more than 100 days since Russia invaded Ukraine, and as fighting continues in the eastern part of Ukraine, businesses based there are adapting while also working to protect employees.
OSV Technology, a maker of polyurethane dosing systems, says it can now supply most of its products from a subsidiary in Poland. The company had to abandon its headquarters near Kherson, Ukraine, shortly after the invasion began in February. Kherson remains a major battle site with Ukrainian forces attempting to take back the city from Russia.
For Germany-based Leoni AG — a maker of automotive wire harnesses — that has meant ensuring access to bomb shelters for about 7,000 workers at its two plants in western Ukraine who opted to stay put and try to continue normal life. At the same time, the company and its employees have continued to contribute goods and money to support their colleagues while Leoni also is transporting two ambulances to Ukraine.
German colleagues provided 60 tons of items such as sleeping pads, diapers, food and medication, with donated items filling rooms normally used for meetings. The company and its employees also have donated more than $300,000 in cash to aid refugees fleeing the war.
While Leoni says it is back to full production of its wire harnesses, Skoda — part of Volkswagen AG — has begun producing them in-house at its plant near Prague, our sister paper Automotive News Europe writes.
The production was set up by supplier PEKM Kabeltechnik and is being staffed by 35 women from PEKM's plant in Lviv, Ukraine.