Wire Belt Company Statement Coronavirus / COVID-19

Dear Wire Belt Customers,
 
As mentioned in our announcement from 5th March, we are and have continued to carefully monitor ongoing developments following the COVID-19 outbreak around the world. We are also continuing to closely monitor changes in policies and restrictions at the local, national, and international level.

At Wire Belt Company we understand the importance of maintaining supply continuity in the coming months for our customers in the global food supply chain. We recognise that your company plays an important role in this supply chain as well.

As such, we wanted to share the following steps that we will maintain to ensure supply continuity.
  • Wire Belt’s manufacturing facility in Sittingbourne, Kent, UK was identified, at the beginning of the pandemic, as a Key Worker under the following Government guidelines:
    • Food and other necessary goods
    • Those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale, and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
  • We produce essential equipment and spares for the processing, packaging, production, maintenance, and repair of equipment serving the food and pharmaceutical industries and have therefore remained open throughout the pandemic.We will continue to remain open unless circumstances change.
  • A detailed risk assessment specifically for COVID-19 was carried out in March and continues to be followed and reviewed.
  • We still have ample stocks of raw material and parts to maintain our current level of supply going forward.
  • Whilst some of our office personnel continue to work from home, many have returned to the workplace and we have taken proactive measures to ensure all employees in the facility comply with socially distancing requirements.
  • We are confident that we can continue to respond to your needs during these uncertain times to ensure you receive your quotes and orders in a timely manner.
  • Our facilities are frequently cleaned, and sanitised and additional hand sanitation stations are positioned in strategic locations throughout the building. Informational signage, regarding hand washing, social distancing, and COVID-19 symptom recognition are regularly updated and posted conspicuously throughout the facilities.
  • Corporate travel in the UK is gradually being reintroduced, providing strict safety measures are in place.  Corporate travel, anywhere outside of the UK, remains suspended until further notice.
  • Our field-based sales team are all working and can continue to be reached through the normal channels.
  • As noted earlier we are communicating frequently with all employees, the importance of social distancing as well as the importance of staying at home if they show any symptoms at all.
  • No visitors or contractors are allowed to enter our building without prior authorisation by a member of the Wire Belt Management Team. Visitors who are permitted to enter our building must adhere to our strict social distancing guidelines which remains at 2 metres.
Wire Belt views our responsibility to meet the needs of our customers as one of our highest priorities only second to our commitment to safety. Please stay safe and contact us with any questions or issues that could affect our continued ability to support production during these uncertain times.
 
Thank you once again for your continued support.

Gary Allen
Managing Director

This document was reviewed and updated on 15/09/20.
 

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