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Liberty Engineering factories resume production
Production has restarted at Liberty Aluminium Technologies after a two month pause, with safety measures introduced to minimise the risk posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Employees are returning to work this week to produce components for the automotive sector at sites in Coventry and Witham in Essex, which are part of the Liberty Engineering group owned by Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance.
Measures put in place at the factories include: temperature checks on arrival, one-way walking routes, perspex barriers between workstations where appropriate, sanitation stations throughout the factory, one person per table seating in rest areas and the closure of catering facilities.
As a tier 1 supplier, Liberty has been able to reopen following the resumption of production at major carmakers, which are the company’s key customers. Operations have begun at a modest level, with around 15% of employees back on site, but Liberty is ready to increase output in response to demand.
Dr Douglas Dawson, chief executive, Liberty Industries, said: “Liberty Engineering, which is a sizeable group and employs 1600 staff, is a resilient business. The automotive industry has been the heart of UK manufacturing for decades. We have as a business already overcome the challenges of Dieselgate, Brexit uncertainty and we will not be defeated by the Covid-19 crisis.
“This is a gradual, controlled restart but we hope to be able to bring more employees back to work soon. The safety of our workforce is our absolute top priority, so we’ve consulted with unions and put in place appropriate measures to ensure that we are Covid-ready.”
Liberty Aluminium Technologies employs more than 400 people at sites in Coventry, Kidderminster and Witham.
Among other Liberty Engineering businesses, Liberty Pressing Solutions in Coventry, has resumed operations at a modest level for some customers. Oldbury-based Accles & Pollock, which produces components for industries including aerospace, has been in production throughout the pandemic. Shiftec, which makes critical components for the defence industry and the NHS over 2 sites in the West Midlands, has also maintained production and has recently moved into new state-of-the-art premises in Leamington Spa.