HCE, Induced Energy and Jestic are the latest to temporarily close facilities

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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing UK catering equipment dealers and servicing companies to shut all but essential operations.

The UK catering equipment supply chain is continuing to furlough its facilities in order to comply with the government’s national lockdown.

Among the latest wave is Eastleigh-based dealer HCE Foodservice Equipment, which posted an announcement on social media saying: “Our offices are temporarily closed but we will however still be providing an emergency response service.

“This difficult decision to pause all routine activity until further notice has been taken to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and suppliers to help support the country in minimising the effect of Covid-19.”

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Induction hob manufacturer Induced Energy also issued a statement on its status, saying: “Given how the situation has developed, we have now decided to temporarily close up the factory. The health and wellbeing of our staff and customers continues to be our number one priority, which is why we have made this decision to close.

“Naturally, the factory closure means we have had to halt production on all the current orders in the system, which will remain on hold until it is safe to resume operation.

“However, all members of the Induced Energy team will be working remotely and are contactable as normal. For all our team working at home, it is business as usual.”

Elsewhere, supplier Jestic Foodservice Equipment announced: “At Jestic, we are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our staff, customers, suppliers and dealers. Following the latest advice from government our offices in Paddock Wood and Manchester are now closed.

“Jestic is continuing to operate but many functions are being carried out remotely. With this in mind if you experience any difficulty contacting us by phone, email may be the best the option.”

Fabricator, the Canopy Company also tweeted to say: “Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we have taken the difficult decision to pause our operation to protect our staff, customers and service partners as advised by the government.”

The factory closed on 27 March until further notice.

Some entities do remain operational, such as dealer UHC Group, with CEO Andrew Husband posting on LinkedIn: “UHC are fully stocked to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Orders to be prioritised for front line workers, NHS and care homes.”

While Interlevin’s latest update was tweeted out today: “We’re still able to take orders and make deliveries of commercial refrigeration. Please be aware that we can now only offer a one-man crew delivery and a pavement drop.”

The Lincat Group reported that its IMC team is “working around the clock to produce the IMC Mobile Hand Wash Station, a vital piece of equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic”.

While Krupps’ export MD Riccardo Scuotto posted on LinkedIn that: “We are still working to guarantee our products and services to key facilities like hospitals, care homes, bakers, supermarkets etc. We have a warehouse in the UK with a good number of products and spare parts. We can still give a 48 hour delivery.

“Thanks to iKloud our products can be controlled remotely to set parameters or make a diagnosis in order to keep everyone safe whilst isolating. Technical webinars for engineers are also available on request.”

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