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Local engineering firm successfully powers through lockdown

At a time when industries and businesses are struggling globally due the pandemic, one Peterborough-based engineering firm continues to enjoy success with more orders in the bag
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Peterborough-based engineering firm hires more staff as orders rise despite lockdown (Picture: supplied)

International manufacturing and engineering company TRB Lightweight Structures has continued operating in Peterborough and Huntingdon, as well as in its US facility in Kentucky, and has maintained production and supply for its customers – including Hitachi Rail, CAF and Elekta – despite some of its own suppliers closing. 

Formed in 1954, the company, specialises in lightweight and durable composite products for a range of industries. Over the years it has invested heavily in people, and has a team of over 130 experts to support its services across design, engineering, manufacturing and quality. 

From the onset of the lockdown, the TRB Lightweight has received orders beyond their expectations with all office and shopfloor staff pooling resources and pitching in to help where they could.  In-fact, 16 extra temporary staff were hired in May to help with the increasing workload, and more will be required in the coming months in order to complete contracts for the rest of the year. 

The skilful team has also been busy manufacturing essential Personal Protective Equipment or PPE during the lockdown by adapting its machinery. This has helped to combat the shortfall in PPE in the NHS, and TRB is proud to be now making one face visor every 50 seconds. 

TRB’s flexible approach to combating many of the problems presented by COVID-19 has included all office personnel working from home, and those on the shopfloor adhering to the appropriate social distancing guidelines.

Added protective measures such as increased cleaning, hand sanitiser stations and temperature checks were also put into place, as well as the company working at 20 % reduced capacity. 

Richard Holland, Managing Director at TRB, said: “Our goal was to keep the company stable, safe and contributing during the pandemic, providing a much-needed boost to the economy. We especially appreciate the efforts that our staff have made in these difficult times.”