Simon Brooks, MD of Homag UK
“This year has been a challenging time for both our customers and the industry,” explains Simon Brooks, MD of Homag UK. “During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been fortunate that the majority of the woodworking industry has stayed busy and operational. Our customers have done a sterling job adapting to the requirements of the pandemic. During the year, we have seen many companies producing a variety of vital products for the NHS and other supporting services. As a result, our customers have relied heavily on us, even through the initial lockdown period, to ensure their machinery and software continue to perform at maximum capacity.
“To meet our customers’ demands, Homag UK has worked relentlessly to make sure we are always available to service any issues or spare part requirements. Our team has remained resilient whilst working through the most difficult of times, to ensure that we have had no closures or restrictions to our service and sales departments. It is with an enormous amount of satisfaction that we can say that whilst the world stood still, Homag has stood firmly by its customers.
“Our manufacturing plants have not missed a beat producing new machinery, parts and services throughout these unpredictable times. Despite the challenges that the year has brought us, our order books have remained strong, and we are delighted to see the continuing demand for live machinery demonstrations at our Castle Donington headquarters.
Homag's Lloopteq return systems turn edge banders into automated cells for one-man operation
“In both the UK offices and showroom, we’ve had to adapt our processes to meet social distancing obligations. Everyone in the Homag UK team has acted responsibly despite the challenging circumstances. I, for one, am extremely proud of how they have overcome any constraints to ensure our service remains at the same high level for each and every one of our customers.
Socially-distanced machining with Homag
“Here at Homag UK, we’re optimistic that 2021 will be a positive year. We will continue to improve our processes and adapt to the new way of working to benefit our customers.
“The Homag range offers machinery options for a wide variety of tasks that improve manufacturing efficiencies. The majority of these have been designed to enable single-handed operation, making them ideal for meeting social distancing guidelines. With these solutions, manufacturers can maintain production levels whilst safeguarding personnel – something which is vitally important in these troubled times.
The Homag Centateq P-210 - high performance and easy handling in a compact footprint
A promising and innovative 2021
“As always, the Homag Group is planning lots of innovative developments and additions for our machinery and software portfolio for next year. Our parent company in Germany will continue to produce powerful machinery for manufacturers of all sizes – whether it is entry level, batch size one or mass production processes.
“At Homag UK, we’re looking forward to the new year with excitement and anticipation. We can’t wait to showcase our innovations for 2021 and once again host open houses, attend exhibitions and welcome visitors to explore the Homag range. We fully expect to see the UK’s fantastic woodworking industry make its post-Covid-19 comeback next year,” concludes Simon.
“Our team has remained resilient whilst working through the most difficult of times, to ensure that we have had no closures or restrictions to our service and sales departments. It is with an enormous amount of satisfaction that we can say that whilst the world stood still, Homag has stood firmly by its customers”