COVID-19 has hit sales at Eurocell, the Derbyshire-headquartered manufacturer, recycler and distributor of window, door and roofline PVC products, in the 6 months ended 30 June 2020.
Group sales for the period, which includes the duration that the business was closed from late-March to mid-May, were £94 million, or 31% below H1 2019.
Performance in the 11 weeks to 20 March 2020 was in line with expectations and there was no discernible impact on trading from COVID-19 up until the point of closure.
Since re-opening the firm says that sales have exceeded expectations. Group sales for June 2020 were £25 million, which is 6% up on June 2019.
The company added: “The re-opening process has gone well. We continue to maintain good health and safety performance, with safe working practices for COVID-19 implemented successfully across the business. Operational efficiencies since re-opening have been strong.
“By the end of June, our extrusion operation was running at June 2019 levels. Eurocell Recycle North (Ecoplas) remains our only site still to re-open, although we expect production to recommence at the end of July, in response to the increasing demand for recycled material.”