Polypipe winds down to essential operations in light of pandemic

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Polypipe Group, the Doncaster-based provider of water and climate management solutions, is winding down everything but essential operations in light of the coronavirus crisis.

These essential operations include the Group’s Nuaire business which is currently manufacturing ventilation for Royal Marsden Hospital. It is also receiving “urgent enquiries” from many other NHS sites.

Its Building Products business will also continue to operator. The business has been requested to manufacture special pipe for emergency medical use.

As well as supporting the medical industry and the NHS’ efforts against the spread of Covid-19, the Group said is “neccassry” to keep supplying some of its plumbing and drainage products.

These, it says, are needed for urgent repair and maintenance across the country to keep essential projects and services running.

The Group will reduce its operations over the next few days.

“In these unprecedented times we have acted swiftly and decisively, taking our decisions with the best interests of our employees and customers foremost in our minds,” said CEO Martin Payne.

“The Board’s thoughts are with all of our employees and their families in what are worrying times for us all.

“The Group’s strong balance sheet and cash generation, together with our talented people and clear strategy gives the Board confidence that it will overcome whatever challenges await.”