How Semperit is using real-time visibility to transport crucial medical supplies during COVID-19

Amid an unprecedented world pandemic businesses are required to think outside the box and utilise new technologies and platforms to overcome obstacles. During the COVID-19 crisis, keeping everyone healthy is a priority and this includes ensuring access to crucial medical supplies

Semperit develops, produces, and sells highly specialised rubber products for the medical and industrial sectors. Headquartered in Austria, Semperit employs 6,900 people worldwide and has 14 manufacturing facilities worldwide.


Restrictions put forward by governments disrupted logistics and impacted cargo flows, impacting supply chain operations worldwide. With production facilities in nine different countries, including five in Europe, Semperit was not immune to increasing border checks and reduced transport capacity, facing the challenge of operating its supply chain all together. In order to overcome these obstacles, Semperit needed to have full visibility of its shipments and quickly implement necessary route changes to ensure shipments arrived in a timely manner.

Specifically, Semperit needed:
• A current overview of a situation when confronted with new, unprecedented
• Fast, regular and reliable information to make well-informed decisions
• A competent, neutral real-time visibility source to help better understand its
complex supply chains
• A comprehensive overview of a situation rather than partial insights warning of “potential” delays at certain times

This case study examines how Semperit benefits from real-time visibility to transport crucial medical supplies during COVID-19.


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1. Average distance driven increased by 4 percentage points in a week. In some countries, it's still a long way until recovery though, with median mileage in France and Spain still down by 30% and in Italy by 22% compared to the pre-crisis period.

2. Border crossing times are almost back to normal. Only on some particular borders (e.g. FR→CH, DE→FR, and SI→HU) the waiting times exceeded 2 hours during daily peaks.

3. Even as several countries have slightly opened up for business, demand is still down and production is only slowly picking up again — free capacity is still increasing steadily.

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