Friday, May 29, 2020

Automotive industry supplier works to become ‘COVID-Secure’

HORIBA MIRA has fully converted its engineering and test facilities into ‘COVID-Secure’ operations in three weeks.

On 13 April the company suspended most physical operations at its 850-acre site in Nuneaton and a further facility in Basildon, but welcomed the first wave of furloughed employees back to both sites by 4 May, ahead of the UK government guidelines issued this week.

Around two-thirds of the company’s 600-strong team have been working from home using remote technology, but the 40 specialised on-site facilities, including its 100km proving ground, are essential to continue the pioneering work the automotive and defence sectors need worldwide.

Declan Allen, Managing Director at HORIBA MIRA, said: “We’re very proud to be in a position where our employees who are unable to work from home can safely return to our Nuneaton and Basildon sites.

“To go from suspending most operations to welcoming staff back to a safe and secure working environment within a matter of weeks has been a herculean cross-company task. The impact of the pandemic on our customers and our suppliers has been significant, and that in turn had a dramatic impact upon our company.

“We swiftly responded to this, as all companies have needed to, but we’ve used that time to ready ourselves for recovery and can now scale up our services in response to customer demand safely and effectively.

“This has only been possible because our great team pulled together to find a way – enabling us to support our customers and suppliers to get through this crisis together.

“A week after we welcomed back the first wave of staff, we are confident the measures we’ve introduced well and truly meet government requirements and, in many cases, go beyond what is expected.”

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