How we have changed our working processes to deal with COVID-19

On 23 March 2020, as a direct result of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared a nationwide lockdown across the UK. Non-essential businesses were required to shut up shop, citizens were asked to remain at home, only venturing out for essential journeys or for daily exercise.

Prepared for the worst

As it was for many across the country, the lockdown didn’t come as a complete surprise to us. Based on the situation in other countries and rumblings in the media, we had a fairly good idea of what was on the horizon. We had already started to make small changes to the way that our staff worked at our Leigh plating plant, in order to minimise contact and the potential spread of infection.

Weathering the storm

Here at Karas Plating, we provide essential plating processes to every industry sector you can think of. These include the automotive, electrical, power generation, medical, petrochemical, and defence industries. Their reliance on our plating services – especially in these unprecedented times – ensured that we were an essential business and must therefore keep operating through the lockdown. We know, from discussions with our clients across the country, that they were dependant on us maintaining our high levels of quality and output.

Safety first

Our staff form the heart of our business, so keeping them safe was our top priority. We introduced social distancing measures at all our workstations and provided our team with appropriate protective equipment. Many of our processes are already automated, so we made best use of those to minimise the number of people we needed on the plant floor at any one time.

Tactical changes

To make sure we could continue meeting our clients’ expectations, without jeopardising our staff, we introduced several changes to the way we work. Social distancing limited the number of workers we could have operating any given plating tank, so we began rolling shifts.

This allowed the tanks to be run 24-hours a day. We had previously done this to clear large orders on time, but now it became a part of our day-to-day routine. It meant our team was safe at work and we could continue to supply our clients with the essential components vital to their own businesses.

Full steam ahead

We are proud to confirm that, thanks to the dedication and professionalism of our team, we are operating at full capacity. We don’t know what the future will bring in terms of the easing or tightening of lockdown restrictions. What we do know is that we have successfully navigated the first wave and that we have the procedures set in place to survive any further changes.

Our valued customers, old and new

None of this would have been possible without the patience and support of our clients. We have done everything possible to maintain our existing schedule, but teething problems in the early days may have cause some brief delays. We appreciate all our clients for their respect and understanding as we sought to rectify these problems and get ourselves back to where we needed to be.

Get in touch

For more information on our current procedures, or to discuss your metal-plating needs, call Karas Plating today on our freephone number: 0333 121 0151