Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Statement

This important statement is intended for open and unrestricted circulation to all stakeholders in order to inform and update with the approach and resource allocation in order to manage a rapidly changing situation.  This statement includes 3 sections as follows:

1    Latest updates and commentary
2    Initial statement
3    Statement from Managing Director


Since the initial statement, the business has been able to stabilise further with more team members re-starting.

  • Marl is now operating at about 65% of normal capacity
  • There are no other significant changes in status since the last update


This statement was initially released 20th March 2020: 

  • Marl has been involved with international trade from an SME perspective since the company was formed in 1973 and during the decades have built up solid trading relationships with partners in Europe, Asia and North America

  • Relationships include dual and multiple raw material and component supplies and a very wide range of direct and indirect customers for optoelectronic components and ruggedised LED lighting systems and technology

  • As a part of the ongoing business management processes within the Quality System, there is a dynamic and flexible generic plan for risk management covering all aspects of the business; assessing and mitigating prioritised technical, commercial and financial risk issues

  • Marl have created a Coronavirus Crisis Management Team.  This comprises of the Directors and Senior Managers representing all internal departments with direct line responsibility for both internal and external stakeholders

  • The Crisis Management Team have created a robust strategy and plan which prioritises team health and safety, delivering existing commitments to customers and ensuring business continuity, all following Government guidelines and good business practice

  • In terms of product deliveries, the Marl team are monitoring and managing the potential impact, particularly with supplies of materials and components from partners based in territories most adversely affected by the Coronavirus at any given point in time

  • If there are any specific products which require more detailed clarification relating to supply issues, then please make contact with the Marl Sales Department; or +44(0)1229 582430


“It is important to emphasise that Marl is a very well-established SME with a culture that is well suited to crisis situations.  The DNA of the company is embedded in design and manufacture of high-quality products with complementary levels of customer service, generated by a highly experienced team using robust systems with an agile matrix management style, all underpinned by a culture which emphasises integrity and honesty with all stakeholders.

Key elements of the crisis management plan currently include:

  • Daily team meetings for updates and rapid decision making
  • Review of internal, local, national and global statistics affecting the Marl Team
  • Review of any problem situations relating to supply, or potential ability to meet on-time delivery requirements
  • Short and medium term review of work packages and capacity planning
  • Review of required internal and external communication updates
  • Any other business

It is also worth emphasizing that as a manufacturer with a generous stock holding of millions of components, we have a good chance of being able to buffer against an element of uncertainty and can in some cases increase supply, for example of components critical for medical equipment.

Customers should also bear in mind that, subject to restrictions from the UK Government and level of attendance from the Marl Team, we are very willing to look at the feasibility of taking on additional manufacturing and assembly work and for example have offered to support the UK requirement for additional ventilator supply.

Please contact us if you require any additional information, but bear in mind Marl is an SME with limited resources and we prefer to prioritise taking positive and effective initiatives in preference to just reporting what action might be taken.  This is especially true in this unprecedented and demanding situation” 

Adrian Rawlinson
Marl Business Park
15th April 2020