In any crisis situation there are those who profit from the difficulties and even misfortunes of other people. This article is not about them. And about those German companies that, thanks to their know-how, were especially in demand in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, now honestly earn good money with their labor.
Tests for coronavirus from Berlin at a price of 2.50 euros
To successfully combat the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, it is necessary to quickly and accurately identify infected people. And for this we need express tests. TIB Molbiol Syntheselabor, a small highly specialized Berlin biotechnology company, now produces 1.5 million sets for laboratory analysis of smears taken from the nasopharynx every week, 100 pieces in each package. And sends them to 60 countries.
In early March, 3,000 of these packages were ordered by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. After that, the American weekly Businessweek wrote about the Berlin company, and U.S. President Donald Trump referred to this publication, in turn, in one of his tweets. The founder of the company first heard about such an unexpected advertisement from a DW correspondent: now there is too much work, there is no time to track such news.
Biochemist Olfert Landt created his own company with a partner while studying at the Free University in West Berlin 30 years ago, when the words of a startup were not yet invented. Over time, the company - a specialist in virus tests - gained authority in professional circles, and proved the effectiveness of its developments during SARS in 2002-2003, and bird and swine flu epidemics. Today, the company has three dozen employees, in 2019 its turnover amounted to 18 million euros.
Drägerwerk launches ventilators
If the pneumonia COVID-19 caused by coronavirus is difficult, then mechanical ventilation devices (IVL) are necessary to save patients. Drägerwerk, headquartered in the old Hanseatic city of Lübeck on the Baltic Sea, can manufacture this high-tech medical device. The company, in fact, invented it. It was back in 1907.
Then entrepreneur Johann Heinrich Dräger received a patent for the Pulmotor device. He designed it after returning from London, where he watched how a young man who was almost drowned in the Thames was given artificial respiration. A passionate inventor founded his company in 1889. Today it is ruled by the fifth generation of its descendants. For Germany, such large family enterprises are very characteristic.
The annual turnover of this manufacturer of medical equipment in 2019 amounted to about 2.8 billion euros, it has more than 14.5 thousand employees worldwide. When the Federal Ministry of Health of the Federal Republic of Germany came to the conclusion that there were clearly not enough ventilation devices available in the country's hospitals in the context of an impending pandemic, it ordered Drägerwerk to order 10,000 devices with monitors from Drägerwerk on March 12.
Trading networks earned thanks to Angela Merkel.
The fight against coronavirus in Germany led to unprecedented quarantine measures: the authorities closed all stores except supermarkets, entrusting them with the task of providing the population with food and essential goods. But in doing so they created the largest retail chains Edeka and Rewe, together with discounters Aldi and Lidl, in fact, a monopoly position. As a result, their turnover now, of course, has also grown significantly.
However, the monopoly that suddenly fell on them demanded maximum effort and high professionalism from these giants. Their managers in the conditions of rush purchases of goods and really increased demand for food due to the closure of countless canteens, snack bars, cafes and restaurants needed to urgently increase purchases and provide logistics (organize, for example, additional trucks with drivers) to fill up again and again quickly empty shelves.