Flexform preparing for Post-Lockdown

Jennifer Franklyn BEng (Hons), MSc, PgDip, Product Development Manager at Flexform

“Flexform, the Cable Manufacturers in Belfast have been in lockdown with the rest of the UK for 6 weeks now. Whilst most of our staff are furloughed, a few remain to keep the essential work at Flexform ongoing. Our spacious factory allows for good social distancing and operators attend on a rotational basis. Sales and shipping are being maintained by Management in conjunction with others working from home where possible.

“As the Product Development Manager, I had just completed several new cable projects before the lockdown was announced. As a company, we decided that due to the Covid-19 outbreak, it was both practical and possible to continue the documentation from home. I have been engaged in the Technical Compliance side of the business since completion of a postgraduate scheme with Flexform in 2017, acquiring UL Listed status for our US flexible braided cable and both implementing and maintaining a Quality Management System alongside the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) for production of our products. New specification data needed inclusion within our catalogue which we decided to totally revamp. I find it refreshing to be able to carry out this work from home in conjunction with a Graphic Designer who is also working remotely.

“The lockdown period has been an opportunity to prepare for the challenge of re-establishing customer contacts in the near future. I acknowledge that it will be some time before we can again call with our customers face-to-face, so this new catalogue, our recently redesigned website and the new products Flexform are developing will I am sure make 2020, on reflection, a significant year in a positive way for Flexform. I am of course accepting that this will not have been the case for many families affected by the Covid-19 virus. The staff at Flexform respect and appreciate the NHS and key workers commitment to carrying out their duties in this most difficult time.”

https://flexform.co.uk

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