Coronavirus – sustaining essential manufacturing : a message to our customers from our CEO, Neil Foreman

Date: 01 Apr 2020

I am writing to update you on our commitment at Centronic to sustain manufacturing during the shocking and unprecedented global health crisis.

There are two reasons I am doing this: firstly to assure you of our ongoing work to continue to supply the components which you and your stakeholders may rely upon and secondly to seek your engagement in the event that your requirements or ability to supply us may change.

The top priorities of our business during this situation are to protect people and to support the global effort to get through this difficult time. Our approach is to closely monitor and comply with UK Government advice and exceed it where possible. We remain open but are keeping as many staff working in their homes as possible.

We have received both formal and informal confirmation that our decision to remain open is consistent with and required by the UK Government’s “key worker” and “essential work” policies. Our relevant activities include:

  • Critical work for the UK Ministry of Defence
  • Electronic sensors for analytical equipment (including for COVID-19 testing)
  • Electronic sensors for personal protective devices (radiologists’ dosimeters)
  • Civil nuclear power reactor control components for electricity generation

Our commitment to you, our customers and suppliers is that we will continue to operate in order to keep supplying components to those who depend on us.

My corresponding request of you is to continue your business with us to avoid breaking critical supply chains wherever possible. The earlier you can advise us of any changes in your organisation the better chance we have of responding and managing the effect on our business.

We may also be able to support your decision-making in the flow down of “key worker” designation from our higher tier customers.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and agility as we work through this situation together.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Foreman
Chairman and CEO, Centronic Limited