We hope that everyone is well, and that you are adjusting to these surreal times.
So much has changed over the course of a week. Like many countries around the world, the UK’s effort to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 has intensified with greater physical distancing, emphasis on avoiding unnecessary travel and the introduction of legislation (Coronavirus Regulations).
The impact of these global efforts has been felt worldwide across all sectors. For climbing, we have seen climbing walls close, people unable to travel to the mountains and crags, and many of our favourite shops forced to close their doors. This certainly feels like a ‘stay home now, climb later’ moment.
In contrast, we are being asked to maintain the supply of vital working at height equipment that is used by the emergency services and by teams globally for the maintenance and repair of essential utilities and infrastructure such as the production & distribution of energy and telecommunications.
With all this mind, we have temporarily reduced our normally 200 strong Llanberis factory team to around 100 so we can remain operational and provide these essentials. The option of taking a forging press weighing 22 tonnes, or a CNC machine, and working from home was not a viable one. We continue to look after our workforce, follow government advice, and monitor the situation each and every day.
Our main office is now manned remotely by the team that can work from home. We are still here if you’d like to contact us—email is best and working hours are Mon—Fri (0900-1700)
Look after each other and be kind.
It is business as unusual at DMM. Currently, it feels like we’re just about to set off on a long and difficult runout. We’re sure that’s true for many of you. The route finding is uncertain. There’s no guidebook on how to deal with the difficulties presented by COVID-19.
At DMM, we are working our way through it, listening to government advice, planning, and reacting day-by-day. By producing locally in the UK we are fortunate to have a great deal of control over our supply chain. The factory is still fully operational and we continue to ship worldwide from our warehouse.
Extra precautions to safeguard our workforce have been put in place. These include social distancing at work stations and increased sanitation provision. Where people can work from home, we are asking them to do so. Visits and tours of our factory in Llanberis have been suspended.
It’s going to be a tough spell globally for the climbing sector and the wider communities in which we live and work.
Now is a time when the core values and qualities that have shaped climbing take-on an even greater importance in our everyday lives: perseverance, solidarity, partnership, respect, support, integrity and a healthy dose of humour. A time to have each other’s backs.
Stay safe and look after each other.
From all the team at DMM