The long-standing business relationship between URT Umwelt- und Recyclingtechnik GmbH and GEM High-tech Co., Limited from China developed into a friendship some years ago. The two managing directors Peter Heßler (URT) and Professor Xu met for the first time in 2007. Since then URT has built a refrigerator disposal plant, a recycling plant for printed circuit boards and a pyrolysis plant for printed circuit boards for its customer. When the first effects of the corona crisis in China became known, URT offered its help to GEM. Fortunately, GEM did not need this help. In a crisis friends are helping each other and that’s why Professor Xu did not hesitate to donate URT over 30 000 protection masks, when he heard from missing protection equipment in Germany. Finally, the delivery included 30 000 protection masks, 5000 medical masks, 30 000 protection gloves and 500 protection suits. URT decided to donate the protective equipment to their local government for distribution to places in their area where the equipment is most needed.