Amid the massive outbreak of COVID-19 around the globe, Harkness Screens – world’s leading screen technology company, has expressed its decision to stand in solidarity with the cinema industry.
CEO, Mark Ashcroft in a press release said, “We want to stand in solidarity with the industry, be supportive of our suppliers, be there for our customers and ensure the safety of all our staff.”
China has drastically reduced the number of reported domestically transmitted cases and Harkness has re-opened its factory to help the local movie theaters.
“Since mid-December we have instigated a series of actions to protect the safety of our staff and to keep our supply chain strong. Our factory in China re-opened last week.”
With Europe the new epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, the Harkness factory in France has shutdown its operations after the government guidelines.
“This week our manufacturing in France was halted after the government guidelines talked to proximity of workers on the factory floor. Screens made are awaiting collection.
“So today 4 of our 5 factories are open and able to support cinemas.
“We have people working from home and we are monitoring the factory loading; where we witness reduced loading we will attempt to protect our staff but this may vary by location.”
The coronavirus pandemic has had a substantial impact on the film industry. Across the world and to varying degrees, cinemas and movie theaters have been closed. Harkness has also commenced R&D projects to support healthcare workers by using their technology to fight the pandemic.
“Predicting the length of such an unprecedented event is impossible and has the potential to place massive stress on everyone. This can be emotional, financial and sadly see us lose loved ones. I am working to mitigate all 3 areas and welcome any thoughts from colleagues, suppliers and customers how we can support each other.
“In an industry driven by creativity, we have commenced R&D projects to see how are manufacturing technology can support healthcare workers and how screens can be used to ensure auditoriums can be regularly sanitized during or after Covid-19. In addition we will make contributions to vulnerable people in society.”
Company Name: Harkness Screens
Contact Person: Darshan Walawalkar
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Phone: +44 (0)1438 725 200
Address:Unit A, Norton Road
Country: United Kingdom