1. COVID-19

    COVID-19

    The current situation regarding the COVID-19 virus has forced many changes on us all, both personally and in the workplace.  The latest Government measures to enforce social distancing have seen a number of businesses under increasing pressure and enforced closures.  SWP do not currently fall within the scope of these enforced closures and we are still robust and fully operational. 

    There have been estimates of an overall uplift in retail sales of between 600 and 800%, and this has massively increased demand for packaging in addition to other products.  Plastics packaging is key to ensure hand-wash, bleach, medicines, and food and drink are hygienically and safely transported to retailers with minimal losses.

    The manufacturing industry is being called upon to determine their capacity for producing ventilators, cough guards, face masks, various equipment for healthcare workers, containers and bottles for hand sanitisers and soaps, clinical waste bins and polythene sheeting.

    Over the last two days we have supplied material to supermarkets to ensure their workers can continue supplying food to the nation and enough material to fabrication companies to provide approximately half a million safety visors to the NHS. Furthermore our sister companies are supplying the wall cladding for the temporary hospitals and morgues and engineering materials for ventilator parts. 

    There is a collective national effort to link suppliers to manufacturers and within our highly experienced customer network we can connect services including die-cutting, tool making, vacuum forming, injection moulding, CNC, laser, assembly & screen, digital & litho printing.

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  2. Coronavirus - Covid 19 Update

    We would like to reassure our customers that at present Stephen Webster Plastics does not have any employees or depots impacted by the current Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic and for now it is business as usual. This may change in the coming days and weeks but we are closely monitoring the situation and following all advice issued by the Government.

    As a distributor our activities consist of the transportation and handling of goods and at present there is no identified risk from any of the products we handle. We understand that many customers have expressed concerns with regards to ongoing supply, we will continue to review our position as more information is provided by the Government.

    With regard to the impact on our current stock, levels are good and will provide several months of availability. Whilst some delays in delivery may occur, as we maintain appropriate stock levels, we anticipate a low risk to customer service at the moment.

    Our primary priority is the health and well-being of our staff and customers and to protect them as much as possible.  As such, we have adapted our business operations in the following way:

    • Non critical activities such as team meetings and cross depot visits have been suspended together with all overseas business travel.
    • Our external sales staff will continue to conduct visits but these will be pre-arranged with each customer, wherever possible contact will be maintained electronically and via the telephone
    • Visitors will only be permitted by prearrangement but we would urge communication to be conducted electronically and via the telephone wherever possible.

    We will continue to keep all lines of communication open with our customers and suppliers. Should any additional information be sought, please call 01727 863138.

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