Electroplating specialist SIFCO ASC is staying operational to support key industries with their vital maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) projects.
“The steadily increasing impact of the COVID-19 virus is creating an unprecedented situation across the world. To help tackle the pandemic and keep crucial sectors like power generation, oil and gas, aerospace, military and marine on-line, SIFCO ASC’s sites remain open under social distancing guidelines,” a SIFCO announcement says.
SIFCO ASC’s teams around the world are closely monitoring the situation and following governmental advice on medical, social, and commercial matters to best protect all those that they work with. Only key maintenance engineers and selective plating technicians are on-site at SIFCO ASC’s locations in the US, UK, France and Sweden, while all non-critical office staff are working remotely, the company says.
“We know that the COVID-19 situation is causing a lot of uncertainty for people and businesses across the world,” Chic Allen, general manager at SIFCO ASC, says. “At this time, we want to make sure that we can ease this anxiety and provide the support where needed.
“By remaining operational, we are still able to take on repair projects at our sites, and we are shipping our solutions to trades across the world so that crucial repairs can be done. For industries like power generation, this is critical, as otherwise generators risk unexpected failures if not maintained, which can then go on to affect electricity supplies.”
SIFCO ASC ships its solutions and repair kits globally, including the Americas, Africa, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. Bespoke customer electroplating solutions are still being fulfilled, while the company is working with its logistics partners to maintain its standard three-day turnaround where feasible.
Operating from seven sites across the world, customers can access SIFCO ASC’s dedicated support and research and development teams at:
- Norfolk, Virginia, US
- Houston, Texas, US
- Cleveland, Ohio, US
- East Windsor, Connecticut, US
- Bromsgrove, West Midlands, UK
- Saint-Thibault-des-Vignes, Seine-et-Marne, France
- Rättvik, Sweden
“This is a rapidly evolving incident, so we are all working incredibly hard to react to it and ensure we can lessen the impact wherever possible. All our sales staff and quality management team are still contactable for customers with individual enquiries,” said Allen.
“We also know that economies have been hit hard, so by being able to repair and salvage machinery where possible, we hope we can help reduce capital outlay and lower costs in these extraordinary times.”