As lockdown gradually eases, we are here for you when you need us
The news that more businesses will return to operating in the coming weeks has prompted everyone to consider what needs to happen and not happen.
As car showrooms and open-air markets recommence trading next week, with many other shops scheduled to follow suit from the middle of June, there is now a little light at the end of Coronavirus tunnel.
Whether you have continued to operate throughout the pandemic, drastically changed your trading practices, or ceased altogether, the easing of lockdown will no doubt have made you think about the short to medium term future.
You will be aware that Advanced Alloys has continued to supply copper in a socially responsible way during this time. It is an important raw material in areas such as health, in food production, in communications, in heat exchangers, and not least for the Nightingale Hospitals.
We have refined our working practices to punctiliously abide by government guidelines, to safeguard our customers and employees, and to operate in a way that is most congenial to you in these extremely challenging times.
And we will continue to do so.
As your operations evolve in the coming weeks, we are here to help you in every way that we can. If you need us to supply you in a different form, at a different time, in a different quantity, please let us know.
We will do all that we can to help you to bounce back as fast as is legally possible, and to take advantage of the opportunities that the ‘new normal’ is bound to present.
Advanced Alloys – the AA that is almost an emergency service
Advanced Alloys proud to be an indirect supplier to this key NHS initiative
You will know that the Nightingale Hospitals are temporary NHS facilities, specifically set up to treat Covid-19 patients. There are plans for many across the country, but two of the first to be built are at London’s ExCel Centre and Birmingham’s NEC, each of which may eventually house 5,000 beds.
As you can imagine, putting the necessary large-scale infrastructure in place in such a short space of time, under extremely difficult conditions, tests the skills and resourcefulness of the construction suppliers involved.
Advanced Alloys is supplying copper strip in coils and copper tubing to some of these construction companies. Whilst never losing sight for one minute of the perils of the overall pandemic, we are nevertheless proud to be playing some small part in equipping these lifesaving hospitals.
At the same time, we continue to supply copper products to other key organisations such as supermarkets.
As we continue to operate, we recognise that many of you, our customers, now need to function with fewer staff. We are constantly adapting our working practices to accommodate your changing set-up, and to help you in any way that we can. (We also acknowledge that some of our customers have had to close at this time.)
Please do let us know of any further ways in which we could help you.
Firstly, at this time, we would like to send you our best wishes and hope that your business fitness and personal health are holding up in these very uncertain circumstances.
There is not a lot of good news around (you may have noticed!) but one ray of sunshine is the fact that copper is one of the very best materials for killing off the Coronavirus (COVID-19.)
The virus can survive for only about 3-4 hours on copper. By contrast, it can last 24 hours on cardboard and 3-4 days on plastic and steel. This means that, by the time our copper reaches you, there should not be any virus on it.
It also means that any copper that you hold in storage will be free of the virus – assuming it has been there for more than four hours.
On a more general point, all our staff have been fully trained on the procedures necessary to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. Like you, we are closely monitoring and following the Government guidelines for any employees still attending their workplace. Our warehouse remains fully operational during this time, and we are working very closely with our supply chain to ensure minimum disruption to our customers.
This positive news about the properties of copper is not much, we know, but we hope that this crumb of comfort can lend a little bit of predictability to your planning, help you with your business processes and give a modicum of certainty to one aspect of your operations in, as we say, these very uncertain times.
As always, and particularly at the moment, please do not hesitate to contact your usual Advanced Alloys representative, if you have any questions or concerns at all, or if you would like to discuss any aspect of this matter in greater detail.
As a supplier to key sectors, we will do all we can
You will be aware that copper is a critical material in sectors that are key to the continued functioning of our country during this period.
Copper is an important raw material in areas such as health, in food production, in communications, in heat exchangers, and so on.
As a multifunctional holder and supplier of copper, we are well aware that you, our customers, rely on us and our supply of the right copper products in the right quantities at the right time.
We know that your work – and our support of your work – is critical to sustaining these crucial sectors in the difficult days ahead.
We therefore want to assure you that we are doing all we can to remain in a position to fulfil your needs now and into the coming weeks.
We would also like to assure you that we are doing this whilst following government guidelines, and whilst safeguarding our customers, suppliers, partners and staff, whom we would particularly like to thank for pulling together in the face of these unprecedented challenges.
Let’s all make the difference that we can.
Stay safe. Stay supplied. Stay in service.
Has the disruption gone viral?
We are all aware of the serious threat to public health posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). There is also of course the possibility that supply chains will be disrupted by the repercussions of the outbreak.
At Advanced Alloys, we take the timely supply of materials to our customers very seriously, and we would make the following points in connection with the threat caused by the virus.
As you probably know, it is our policy to maintain a significant inventory of materials in the UK, and these are always available for immediate shipment. This means that we can continue to satisfy your orders from our existing stock for quite a while, without relying on replenishment from any other source.
While we are doing this, we are obviously monitoring our remaining stock levels very carefully, as well as the status of our usual supply chain, so that we know if and when we need to pursue alternative sources for any materials, whose original source is affected by the virus. We will make every effort to activate these sources in good time in order to provide you with a seamless continuity of supply.
This is of course an evolving situation, and we will continue to monitor developments closely with our suppliers and customers. We will take advice from the relevant government agencies, and thereby update you, our customers, on any changes during this period of uncertainty.
Please do not hesitate to contact your usual Advanced Alloys representative, if you have any questions or concerns at all, or if you would like to discuss any aspect of this matter in greater detail.
Doing exactly what it says on the copper