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COVID-19 | Company Updates

January 5, 2021
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5th January 2021

Dear Customers & Suppliers,

Firstly, Happy New Year! We hope you are all remaining safe and well. With a third national lockdown now confirmed commencing on Tuesday 5th January, we wanted to update you all on our continued Covid response and Brexit readiness.

Covid-19 response

At Brandauer, we remain fully operational in all areas of our manufacturing capability whilst continuing to follow UK government guidelines on Covid-19. This means we are keeping face to face meetings and site visits to a minimum and replacing this presence with increased virtual communications online.

As ever, we will look to continue to adhere to all acknowledged delivery dates. As ever, with any rising issues or delays, we will offer advance communication wherever possible.

Forward planning and early indications of demand increases or decreases are a vital part of this response, so please help us by providing regular updates to your medium or long term demand in 2021.

“Reshoring”

With the weaknesses in existing supply chains exposed by the effects of a global pandemic, we have seen an influx of new enquiries and contracts for both existing and new projects. This activity, sometimes termed re-shoring, is aimed at dual sourcing of critical supply chain components to reduce the risk of future supply interruptions.

This type of activity is not new to Brandauer, it is something we actively support, and we have developed a host of processes that ensures its success.

Whether it is a new project or existing progression of tool transfer, we have experience, processes and resource to make this decision an easy one.

Brexit

We are thrilled that we now have a trade deal signed between the EU and UK. This means we can continue to trade with our EU suppliers and customers tariff and quota free. That said, the customs and paperwork arrangements have changed – something we are versed at and well prepared for.

As we transition to trade under this new arrangement, we are not expecting and major disruption. With that said, we again ask for all parties to give us as much demand intelligence and confident/accurate commitments for 2021 demand and/or changing lead times to enable us all to plan a smooth supply of product.

Most of our customers across the world (22 countries in all!) remain confident and are placing orders on us well into 2021 to support us in this activity, which we are very grateful for. If you require consultation with our supply chain team then do not hesitate to reach out so we can continue to plan for 2021 and beyond.

Your main contact routes are as follows:

Mark Fenney – Commercial Manager
Graham Allison – Technical Sales Manager
Kevin O’Hare – Technical Manager
Stuart Berry – Manufacturing Director
Alex Walton – NPI Engineer

Thank you for your continued support in these challenging times and please do stay safe.

Best wishes, Rowan Crozier, CEO


3rd November 2020

Dear Customers & Suppliers,

We hope you are all remaining safe and well, and trading is holding up.

With a second national lockdown now confirmed commencing Thursday 5th November, we wanted to update you all on our continued Covid response and Brexit readiness.

Covid-19 response

At Brandauer, we remain fully operational in all areas of our manufacturing capability whilst continuing to follow UK government guidelines on Covid-19. This means we are keeping face to face meetings and site visits to a minimum and replacing this presence with increased virtual communications online.

As ever we will look to continue to adhere to all acknowledged delivery dates. With any arising issues or delays, we will offer advance communication wherever possible.

Opportunities & Wins

We have managed to maintain our manufacturing levels and have further increased capacity in our new product introduction department in response to a number of successful contract wins in construction, plumbing, automotive, medical and pharmaceutical markets and we will continue to adjust to meet the ever changing needs of the supply-chain.

Being very much open for business means we have seen an increase in enquiries for progression press tool transfers and de-risking of extended supply-chains for one-off machined components and precision stamped parts. If this is something you think we can help you with then do not hesitate to make contact.

Brexit

We are prepared for a WTO rules Brexit (This being the more challenging scenario) but we are hopeful a trade deal can be reached for the benefit of all parties. We have alternative supply routes prepared, upgraded customs processes and increased stock holding in place to minimise any short-term disruption that might occur.

The majority of our customers across the world remain confident and are placing orders on us well into 2021 to support us in this activity, which we are very grateful for. If you require a consultation with our supply chain team then do not hesitate to reach out so we can continue to plan for 2021 and beyond.

Your main contact routes are as follows:

Mark Fenney – Commercial Manager
Graham Allison – Technical Sales Manager
Kevin O’Hare – Technical Manager
Stuart Berry – Manufacturing Director
Alex Walton – NPI Engineer

Thank you for your continued support in these challenging times and please do stay safe.

Best wishes, Rowan Crozier, CEO


27th April 2020

Dear Customers,

We hope you are all remaining safe and well.

We wanted to update you all as we are seeing some positive reports and movement on companies re-opening their doors as a result of the UK government looking to encourage manufacturing to restart in a controlled way, with social distancing measures respected.

At Brandauer, we remain fully operational in all areas of our manufacturing capability currently whilst continuing to follow UK government guidelines. We do not currently envisage any impact to delivering to schedules and will look to adhere to the acknowledged dates unless we notify you in advance.

We have maintained our manufacturing levels and have increased capacity this week in our NPI and Quality departments, this will continue to adjust to meet all needs as we currently see them.

Being very much open for business means we have seen an increase in enquiries for progression press tool transfers and de-risking of extended supply-chains for one off machined components and precision press parts. If this is something you think we can help you with then do not hesitate to make contact.

Your main contact routes continue to be as follows:

All communications and updates will be received and sent by the above contacts until further notice.

Thank-you for your continued support in these challenging times.
Rowan Crozier, CEO

30th March 2020

Firstly, we hope you are all keeping safe and well in these unprecedented times.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and have therefore made some adjustments to our operations in order to maintain as much continuity as possible whilst ensuring the welfare of our employees.

I must state that we are still fully operational within our manufacturing capability at this time and continue to follow UK government guidelines in order to maintain this. We don’t see any impact to delivering to schedules and will look to adhere to the acknowledged dates unless we notify you in advance.

We have made some adjustments to our NPI and Quality departments only and completed a restructure of key areas in order to ensure we meet all needs as we currently see them.

Therefore, the main contact routes will now be as follows:

All communications and updates will be received and sent by the above contacts until at least 20th April 2020.

These changes may mean a slower response than normal, but we will endeavour to respond appropriately as soon as practically possible. We will of course keep you updated with any further changes to our plan and operational status.

If you have any changes to plans or queries, we request we are informed as soon as possible via the usual channels.

23rd March 2020

Given the increasing uncertainty around the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19), we continue to monitor the situation closely.

Our update from last week mentioned the contingency measures we have applied, and as the situation seems to be evolving quite quickly, we must take the necessary precautions with the likelihood of a shutdown enforcement in the UK.

I must state that we are still fully operational at this time and continue to follow UK government guidelines in order to maintain this.

We have been in contact with many customers and suppliers already, but if this has not been possible, we request the you contact us imminently with any stock information you have, and any lines that may suffer as a result of a period of no supply from Brandauer.

Please contact Mark Fenney (mfenney@brandauer.co.uk) with your information ASAP.

We will of course keep you updated with any changes to our plan and operational status. If you have any changes to plans, we request that we are informed as soon as possible via the usual channels.

18th March 2020

Given the increasing uncertainty around the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19), we’ve been monitoring the situation closely. While we cannot control certain aspects, we would like to let you know that we are taking the necessary steps to provide a business as usual approach to our valued customers and suppliers.

Brandauer prides itself on its service levels, this forms part of our culture and we are positioned to respond to your needs. Following government and NHS advice we are continuously preparing plans to ensure business continuity in all scenarios.

Communications and key business processes are being managed outside of a formal office setting by key employees with the primary aim of reducing risk to our on-site engineering and production staff, allowing them to continue the day to day manufacturing.

To achieve this, we have taken several steps to protect the safety of our employees, our customers and supply chain. These include:

As part of our continued commitment to support our customers and navigate the current situation, we would like to ask that you consider your current stock levels.

We think now is the time where safety stocks need to be discussed in both supplier and customers facilities.

We will of course keep you updated with any changes to our plan and operational status. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the usual channels.

Thank you for your continued support and best wishes.

Rowan Crozier, CEO

January 5, 2021
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