UK: Air-conditioning manufacturer Airedale International is to scale back its business operations following the government’s announcement that all non-essential premises must close to minimise the spread of the coronavirus.
While not included on the list, and with the company playing a critical role in supporting UK and international key infrastructure, such as data centres, healthcare, energy, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals, Airedale recognises it must continue to operate, albeit at a reduced capacity.
“We are still seeing enquiries, receiving orders, making deliveries and fielding requests for commissioning, spare parts and technical support, from industries like the ones above, who must continue to operate at all costs during this unprecedented time,” explained MD Anthony Cole.
In addition to operating at a reduced manufacturing capacity, it is practicing safe distancing and increasing the ability of its workforce to work from home.
Open orders for component parts are said to be still in place and the company’s order book is being managed day-by-day. Airedale says it fully intends to scale up operations as soon as the government restrictions are lifted and have retained all permanent staff.