In conversation with Foresight portfolio company Camloc

We speak with Matt Warne, Director of Camloc, one of our portfolio companies, to learn about their tremendous efforts adapting their business methods to meet demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Camloc is a leading Leicester-based designer and manufacturer of gas springs and dampers, as such, the Company falls into the essential group that are required to power on with production despite the current UK lockdown.

Matt highlights that the infrastructure required by the health and medical sector to drive the UKs battle with COVID-19 exceeds most people’s expectations. Our hospitals are made up of many core components, such as operating tables, beds, lighting and monitor arms, all of which rely on smaller materials to remain operational. This is where Camloc is stepping up.

Companies such as Camloc have had to adapt their strategies to cope with today's radically different business environment. Their workers safety and customer needs are their priority and we are very proud to be supporting such a committed team.

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Annabel

Hello, I'm Annabel Arrowsmith, and I am part of the marketing team here at Foresight, I'm back again today spotlighting another one of our portfolio companies who's making a heroic effort in their work towards fighting COVID-19. I'm here today with Matt Warne, who is our Director of Camloc Motion Control. Camloc is a leading Leicester based designer and manufacturers of gas springs and dampers. Matt, thank you so much for joining me today.

Matt

Thanks very much for having me.

Annabel

So I wanted to start by asking you about your team and how you and the team at Camloc have adapted to this situation which is obviously very different from the normal and how you guys kind of keeping yourself safe and working as best you can?

Matt

Of course, as business our number one priority always has been our employees and their safety and their wellbeing and this in the current situation, it's even more important for us to that to be the case. We are a manufacturer of products as you mentioned, and that means that we can't simply have everyone working from home, we have to be here in order to make those products. And we also have customers that need our products and need our support this time, and means that we just simply can't close the factory, we can't shut the doors and say, you know, we're back in three weeks’ time or a month's time or whatever it happens to be. And, you know, instead, we've had to adapt quickly to a situation that's unfamiliar to everyone, I think and implement different strategies in order to keep our employees safe. So where we have been able to send people home to learn to work from home, we've done that so the vast majority of our office staff, they're now working from home. And for those employees that remain on site that are needed to produce our components. And we've made a number of changes to ensure their safety insofar as we can. And you know, unfortunately takes situations like this to genuinely see how good your team is and how brilliant they are, and they've reacted absolutely superbly to this and really, really proud of them for it.

Annabel

Can you tell me now a little bit more about actually what Camloc is doing and what part you're playing and in the kind of efforts towards COVID-19? So what do you do as a business? And how can you help?

Matt

Yes, of course. I mean, we manufacture gas springs and dampers, which outwardly don't sound like they've got much to do with combating a global pandemic. And, you know, it's certainly not a product that's in the forefront of people's minds in the same way as say, eventually, ventilator would be. But we will see on the news, these giant temporary hemp hospitals being erected and it just Nightingale Excel, for example. All these hospitals need beds and they need monitor arms, and they need all the infrastructure that goes into making a care unit for seriously ill people. And that's where our customers and ultimately ourselves come into the equation. So for example, in acute care beds Might have six or seven guests brings the dampers on it. And mantra might have to damper dampers or gas springs on it. And that's where us and our products go into the global fight against COVID-19 and supporting the NHS in that way. And, you know, we feel that we're playing around very small part in supporting this. And, you know, making sure that our customers, we're still here to support our customers and our customers can get their products to where they needed to help.

Annabel

Great and how have you skewed your manufacturing, I guess, have you have you started to manufacture more? And in the last couple of weeks, or have you shifted away from other customers to help the healthcare sector.

Matt

We're fortunate as a business we support a wide variety of industry sectors. And so we have seen an increase in demand from the healthcare sector particularly. And once the decisions that we took as a business we consider it to be a social responsibility and a moral responsibility that we have to support our customers in health care and medical sector. So what we've done, we ring fence material and fought specifically for the medical sector. We've taken steps to purchase increased materials that we know that medical sector use, for example, and one thing that we don't want to get caught short on is that transport delays infrastructure changes that happen that prevents us from doing this. And that we still maintain stock materials, we continue to stay open and support customers that need us. We have a number of customers that are clusters and critical supplies to the NHS, and we need to continue doing our work to support them to allow them to do their work and continue to supply the NHS and that's something that as business we're extremely proud of.

Annabel

Fantastic. Well, I would say have a nice quiet Easter weekend but it doesn't sound like anything is particularly quiet for you at the moment, so Thank you so much for joining me.

Matt

Thank you.