Covid-19 set businesses a real test from the spring of last year. Brexit had been going on for years but was coming to a head. Astropol has tackled both and done its best to ‘control the uncontrollable’.
Although Covid-19 impacted the business during the first wave (April/May 2020) Astropol remained open and continued to produce bespoke colour masterbatches and additives. As manufacturing in the UK and abroad (particularly in the building markets) was allowed to continue, by strictly following government guidelines in the workplace, Astropol has been able to continue in full operation.
The Brexit arrangements with Europe removed major concerns about extra duties and tariffs. Now it is a question of managing the extra paperwork involved and allowing for potential challenges in material availability. Astropol has been proactive in this regard and stocks have been brought in early to maintain customer service levels. Also, the company’s established expertise and knowledge in the field of import-export means that it is well placed to pro-actively handle the additional administrative work that is required under these new circumstances.
We are working into 2021 with a positive approach, since Covid vaccinations give everyone some real hope for a return to whatever ‘normal’ will be!