Silicone rubber manufacturing at Advanced Materials in 2020

Silicone rubber manufacturing at Advanced Materials in 2020

As we pause for breath and look back at 2020, it goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic has defined our year, as it has for businesses in every industry. Advanced Materials and the silicone rubber manufacturing sector are no different in this respect.

Covid-19 turned the world on its head, redefining what many markets look like and how they operate. It has tested planning, infrastructure, and acumen like nothing ever done before. We’re proud to say that in the face of such a test, we have risen to the challenge.

Covid-19 and how we have reacted to the changes

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK in the spring and the first lockdown was announced, we were quick to react and put in place measures to protect our staff and our customers.

Of course, as a manufacturer, we were not able to switch fully to remote working; however we were able to offer this to some of our office team. For the remaining team we overhauled our facilities and operating practices so that the members of our team could continue to work on-site, do their jobs and take a break in a COVID-secure way, including at a safe distance and with access to sanitation stations.

During this period, our team has been exceptional, showing flexibility and resilience. Their fortitude and dedication to ensuring that we continued to operate safely whilst continuing to serve our customers and provide them with the high standard of service for which we are known is humbling.

This commitment and investment stood us in good stead as the second lockdown was announced. We knew that we had the workforce and the infrastructure to keep us moving forward.

The impact of Covid-19 on us and our industry

The impact of Covid-19 on our business has been varied, with the pandemic affecting our customers in different ways. While demand fell initially from our transport-related industry clients, there was a spike in orders from customers in the food, pharmaceutical and medical industries.

These developments reflected the impact of the pandemic on industry and the economy in general and we were able to react quickly to these changes, accommodating the increase in order volumes from specific industries. This was possible, due to the hard work and commitment of our staff and because of the framework and planning that we have in place.

Notably, our ability to offer expertise and high-quality products to customers in a wide variety of industries has been critical to our reaction to Covid-19. Our range of clients – from medical companies to manhole manufacturers – has been crucial to how we have performed in 2020.

While not yet back to historic levels, order volumes have recovered and stabilised significantly. Notably, we have seen rising demand for bespoke silicone components, which is a development that validates our focus on improving our processes and our efficiency, and investing in new machinery and production software.

An exceptional year and our view on 2021

It has undoubtedly been a tough year. We have faced many challenges and there have been tough decisions to make, but we have been resilient, and we have dealt well with the events of the last year. This puts us in a strong position as we prepare to embark on a new year of growth and progress.

As we look ahead, despite the challenges presented by Covid-19 and Brexit, we are optimistic about the future. We are prepared – we have a committed workforce, we have good relationships with our customers and suppliers, and we continue to target growth. We are ready to take the opportunities and deal with the challenges that 2021 presents.

To find out more about Advanced Materials’ silicone rubber manufacturing services, contact us on +44 (0)1903 713566 or