The increase in costs puts the craft industry in a difficult position – the economy

– Increased material and energy costs create problems for craft businesses. This makes the calculation of costs difficult. According to the association, companies make a minus on many orders.

Craft CEO Hans Peter Wollseifer sees companies in the industry in a difficult situation. “Firms and businesses in the industry are very concerned about the overall situation, especially the shortage of materials and the huge price rises, dramatic increases in energy prices and inflation,” he told the German Press Agency in Berlin. Wollseifer called on the federal government to help.

Two months ago, he said, nearly half of the craft businesses reported at least a doubling of their energy costs. “There will likely be many more now. In such a situation, it is difficult to make reliable cost calculations. We cannot pass these costs on to our customers – especially the public sector – at the same level as we do. the fact that many orders can only be fulfilled as negative business that no company can sustain in the long run. “

Up to complete production failures

In addition, there are more and more cancellations and transfers of orders. “Many companies, for example in civil engineering, even struggle with complete production failures because there is no steel and bitumen available. We have serious problems in the automotive industry as spare parts are not available. All this leads many companies to the limit of existence. In the meantime, it causes more and more concern in trade. “

Therefore, it is very important that the federal government does everything in its power to support the affected craft companies so that they can survive this difficult time, said the president of the Central German Crafts Association. “We do not expect the state to be able to absorb all the risks. It cannot suppress all price changes with public funds. But where the state helps with support programs, small and medium-sized enterprises cannot be ignored. they have a problem there, especially when it comes to energy costs. It is unacceptable to just focus on whether the company is internationally oriented and competitive. “

Regarding material prices, Wollseifer said that at the moment wood prices have stabilized at a high level. “In other areas, this is far from being the case with metals, for example. Prices keep rising. This also applies to plastics and insulation materials. Companies can’t calculate it in the long run. “

The resources are not enough

It’s good if the federal government recommends escalation clauses for public buildings – but it won’t be enough, because that signal has obviously not reached states and municipalities. “Our companies tell us that only about 10 percent of municipalities are willing to include price increases in existing or new contracts. So it’s no surprise that many of our companies are not necessarily motivated to participate in public tenders. ”

Much fewer bids would be made. “In the long run, it cannot be in the interests of the municipalities and Länder for our companies to contract contracts that are likely to be under-earned and then fail to survive long-term orders,” says Wollseifer. Municipalities and states would have to show accommodation here. “It cannot be desirable for many local businesses to go bankrupt. Then there are no taxpayers, no services for the commune. So we hope the federal government will come up with concrete recommendations for action. “

In connection with the next meeting of the joint action of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) with employers and trade unions planned for September, Wollseifer said that the state should not burden companies during this time. For example, he mentioned the act on due diligence in the supply chain or the increase in social security contributions.

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