A phased reopening

Haffner Murat began a phased and controlled reopening of its business from Monday May 18; its service engineers are now fully operational.

Dave Thomas, managing director at Haffner Murat, said: “Our initial priority is to support our customers who are waiting for their new machinery to be installed. The backlog of installations includes nine machining centres, welders, corner cleaners and several computerised saws.”

The Haffner Murat sales team will start back on June 1, and will work from home. The Staffordshire headquarters will also open from that date with limited personnel working at the site at any one time.

“We have reviewed and implemented new procedures throughout all business areas to ensure we can operate safely within the correct social distancing parameters and compliance with all health and safety procedures,” Dave said. “We also have PPE equipment available for use by the team, both internally and externally, to ensure maximum protection at all times.

“Throughout the shutdown we have received regular enquiries from fabricators turning to automation as something that offers a solution for more than just the next few months. We are actively following up these enquiries and look forward to working with our customers once more.”