Coronavirus Communication

This note is to advise you of the actions that we are taking in relation to the virus in Hubei province in China to assess any Supply Chain impact. The Chinese Government has as a precaution extended the Chinese New Year holiday period until the 10th of February as part of their virus control plan.

We have over 85 staff in China, and our first concern was for their safety and that of our vendors. We have 8 TR manufacturing sites, and thankfully these are all outside of China.
Once that was established we immediately turned our attention to the Supply Chain. We have a very low percentage of product that comes from China so it has been easy to assess the supply situation. Standard product is not an issue as we have substantial stocks around the Group. The focus has been on special parts to customer drawings and in establishing the stock levels in TR locations outside of China, including the stock that is in transit to us.
We have been in communication with our Chinese vendors who will advise their stock, WIP once they return to work. Currently we believe we can maintain the Supply Chain to you and we will constantly monitor the situation and give updates via the website
Assuring you that we are doing everything we can to support during this very difficult time.

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Published 30.01.2020

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Published 11.02.2020

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