Catering supplier Hupfer is remaining operational in a bid to support the NHS and key industries.
The company said it has key staff operating its factory in Coesfeld and skeleton staff working in the UK, both from home and at the Knowsley head office.
Hupfer’s head of business development, Anthony Pettit, explained: “Those who have visited our factory in Coesfeld, Germany, will know how important automation is to its daily operation. Over the years, Hupfer has significantly invested in robotic technology, to ensure that the factory is extremely efficient and able to operate with minimal staff, this has been vital to successful operation during this pandemic.”
With a range of automation tools on the factory floor, some of which have been developed by the Hupfer team in Germany, it allows staff to follow safe distancing rules much more strictly. This has also been coupled with Germany’s coronavirus testing methods which have allowed staff to get back to work much more quickly.
Mr Pettit detailed: “Our key aim at the moment is to ensure all of our staff are fully looked after and remaining safe. But we are so pleased that we are able to still operate for those industries that need us and are aiming to offer shorter lead times for pressured sectors such as the NHS and care homes.”
Hupfer says that hygiene and safety standards are of paramount importance for the company and its subsidiary, Trak, which is also still in operation with skeleton staff producing its core items such as stainless steel trolleys at the Liverpool-based factory.
Mr Pettit said: “Hupfer offers a wide range of essential equipment which is required by NHS hospitals, care homes and other key sectors which are under pressure during this time. These products include handwash basins, soap dispensers, sterile goods baskets and much more, which are all vital to maintaining the strictest of hygiene standards for the safety of staff and patients.”
He and other Trak and Hupfer key staff who are working from home, are currently encouraging virtual meetings via video conferencing platform, Microsoft Teams, and are emphasising the importance of communication during this time.