Fuel cell manufacturer to close its factory in bid to stem COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020

Aero Tec Laboratories’ factory in Denbigh Road, Bletchley.

THE WORLD’S leading manufacturer of safety fuel cells is to temporarily close its factory in Bletchley in response to the government’s call for action to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Aero Tec Laboratories has already introduced strict social distancing, home working and new shift patterns in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect its staff and their families.

UK government guidelines currently allow manufacturing to continue but ATL’s directors have taken the decision to temporarily suspend manufacturing and distribution at its factory from today (Friday). The factory is scheduled to reopen on April 13 (Easter Monday).

In a statement, the company said: “As a business we have ensured that we abide by the guidelines suggested by the UK government and at every stage have remained ahead of the government position.

“However, the directors of ATL had to make the best choice for the long-term future of the entire team confirming the temporary suspension of all manufacturing and distribution at its UK factory despite the UK government guidance allowing manufacturing to continue.

“The business has taken this difficult but appropriate action in its determination to fully support the UK government’s measures on slowing the spread of coronavirus and crucially to protect the health and safety of its workforce, its suppliers, and their families.”

ATL’s chief operating officer Cheryl Brimson said: “It is our social and ethical responsibility to ensure we do all we can to support the government’s efforts in slowing the spread of coronavirus over the coming weeks and, with the health of our amazing workforce at the forefront of our minds, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend operations at our UK site.” 

Cheryl Brimson, ATL’s chief operating officer.
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