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Our message for 2021

Altex Engineering would like to re-assure all its customers and those associated and dealing with Altex in varying ways and capacities that - despite Covid-19 and some adverse effects of Brexit - it is business as usual here!

Since the start of the pandemic Altex has been strictly operating under government guidelines to safeguard the health and safety of its invaluable workforce, to keep each and every employee informed, protected and safe and to ensure that we can serve our customers reliably, safely and without any interruptions. Being a manufacturing company, our staff cannot work from home, so we have implemented a number of changes to ensure a safe working environment in our factory and the office and we are extremely proud of our workforce for their solidarity, discipline and compliance with the new rules, regulations and practical procedures they have adopted to keep themselves and others safe.

Altex is working extremely hard to keep disruptions to our operations to a minimum and we are in constant contact with our key suppliers and sub-contractors. We are happy to report that there are currently no issues highlighted that could indicate an interruption to the supply chain. Altex has very early on made firm commitments to key suppliers to purchase a pre-determined amount of steel within a certain time frame in order that supply of essential raw materials would not be compromised. This has come at a cost to the company, however, we are fully committed to keeping production going and our customers' orders fulfilled, and this is just one of many measures we have taken to enable us to do so.

The UK's departure from the EU's single market and customs union on 1st January this year meant that we are faced with new challenges when it comes to trading with the EU. Altex, as an importer of steel, parts, components and equipment from the EU has not remained unaffected. However, we are working extremely hard to keep disruptions to our operations to a minimum and we are in constant contact with our key suppliers and sub-contractors. There are currently no major issues highlighted that could indicate an interruption to the supply chain, partly, because Altex has very early on made firm commitments to key suppliers to purchase a pre-determined amount of steel within a certain time frame prior to the 1st January in order that supply of essential materials would not be compromised. This has come at a cost to the company, however, we are fully committed to keeping production going and our customers' orders fulfilled, and this is just one of many measures we have taken to enable us to do so.

Going forward, we are looking into the future with positivity, hope and confidence in light of the encouraging reports about the high effectiveness of the vaccine which has so successfully been rolled out in the UK but also in light of the worldwide vaccination programs which are gathering momentum. It will still be an uphill struggle for a while and, sadly, there will be more personal and economic hardship, but with this glimmer of hope that the vaccine will finally bring an end to the pandemic and that trading issues with the EU are, according to our PM really just 'teething problems', we are optimistic for the months ahead and beyond 2021.

May we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued trust and support throughout these trying times, it really is much appreciated and we are confident that together and united we will emerge stronger and once again enthusiastic for a life worth living and working for - beyond Covid-19 and Brexit.

Stay well and safe!

John Jackett and the Altex Team