As with many industries, the pandemic has been tough on the abrasives market as a whole. In particular, April and May were challenging, reports Tom Wright, sales director for British abrasives manufacturer Bibielle UK.

However, since June, the Wigston, Leicestershire company has seen significant improvement, which has given it a tangible relief and a clear sign of confidence about the furniture and joinery market in general and its ability to bounce back. 

“We have experienced greater demand within the woodworking  furniture industry compared to metalworking,” says Tom. “This has helped strengthen our place within the market, with us being a dedicated UK manufacturer of abrasive belts.

“Our stock levels and supply from Italy have continued to be as strong as ever, and I’m pleased to report that our service levels have remained unaffected during these times – we are still completing stocked product line orders for next-day delivery," says Tom.

Tom (centre, blue jacket) and the Bibielle team

“In addition to which, I am also pleased to report that 100% of the company’s employees are back working within the company. Their patience, hard work and positivity during these times has been nothing short of excellent. 

“Our strategy moving forward is the same as it has always been – to offer unrivalled service, excellent product quality, and to be dealt with by a company which is friendly, and above all else, easy to deal with. I hope ensuring our level of service continues to run unaffected will, in turn, ensure our customers do the same for their customers. 

“Looking at things with an optimistic view, I foresee considerable potential growth thanks to our in-house production facility and the level of service we can offer. We are looking to further expand our product stock range, which will coincide with the brand-new woodworking literature we have just released. Please get in contact with the sales team to receive a free copy.”

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