DE LA RUE’S MILL IN BATHFORD RECOVERED FROM FLOODING OVER THE CHRISTMAS SHUT WITH MANUFACTURING STARTING JUST 3 HOURS LATE ON 2 JANUARY
Bathford: January 22, 2014
In common with many parts of the UK, Bathford experienced extensive rainfall over the Christmas and New Year period which unfortunately resulted in the De La Rue site flooding for the second year in a row.The site, which sits astride a tributary of the River Avon was on flood alert from before Christmas. Continuous downpours resulted in it being necessary to recall staff from leave during the early hours on Christmas Eve to move raw materials from the pulp store to higher ground and to raise motors so they would not be impacted by rising water levels.
Whilst river water receded between Christmas and New Year, levels remained high even as the site returned to work on the 2 January. A warning of further serious downpours saw excess raw materials sent off-site for call-off as required, while trailers were brought in to hold sufficient stock to maintain operations. The net result was that site manufacturing started only 3 hours later than originally planned and has continued thereafter without interruption despite the abnormally high water levels.
Andrew Nash, Site Manager at Bathford said; ‘It is an ongoing challenge to be prepared for possible flooding at the Bathford site, however through implementing our tried and tested business continuity planning and with the full support of the workforce, I am delighted how the site coped during the flooding and that we were up and running just 3 hours late on 2nd January.’
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Group Director of Communications De La Rue
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About De La Rue plc:
Asthe world’s largest integrated commercial banknote printer, De La Rue is a trusted partner of governments, central banks, issuing authorities and commercial organisations around the world.
The Group has in recent years been involved in the design or production of over 150 national currencies. De La Rue also produces a wide range of security documents including passports, driving licences, authentication labels and tax stamps. In addition, the Group manufactures sophisticated, high speed cash sorting and inspection equipment.
De La Rue also offers a range of specialist services and software solutions including government identity schemes, product authentication systems and cash management processing solutions.
De La Rue employs approximately 4,000 people worldwide and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.