Industry responds to coronavirus outbreak


Published: 26 March 2020

Businesses continue to make major changes to the way they work - or suspend operations completely in some cases - as the coronavirus outbreak further impacts the industry as well as the wider world.

Since the weekend, Airedale International, Wolseley UK, SURE Solutions, Thermofrost Cryo, Aermec UK, Mitsubishi Electric, CAREL, Finn Geotherm, Secon and Precision Refrigeration are among the many companies to have made announcements.

Air conditioning manufacturer Airedale has scaled back its business operations, while Aermec UK says it will focus on critical activities, which may mean non-essential appointments and commissioning may need to be cancelled.

Refrigeration contractor SURE has closed its offices and is working remotely to support customers. Precision, meanwhile, has closed its factory in Thetford but remains able to take orders and make shipments from a 'healthy stock of finished products'.

Wholesale group Wolseley has reduced its Mon-Fri opening hours with all branches closed at weekends from this Saturday. In addition, it has announced the temporary closure of 14 branches across England and Scotland. Trade counter doors are closed, however pre-orders can be collected from the safest point on the site which allows maximum social distancing. 

Thermofrost Cryo has closed its trade counter in Birmingham, replaced by a collection point, and the trade counter in Manchester is also closed. The company says stocks are high and orders can be fulfilled via overnight delivery from its Birmingham warehouse.

In the renewables sector, Secon has suspended operations entirely, while Norfolk-based Finn Geotherm is undertaking essential work only.

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