October Industry Update Covid

Merlin Industrial Products manufacture some of their products from the factory in Devon, and these have not been currently affected. Some of the other products manufactured elsewhere within the United Kingdom have been effected.

Please find excerpts from a few of the other manufacturers, and how this might effect lead times on some of the product ranges.

Recent Industry Updates

Mainly for Access Equipment

Update October 26th, 2020: Wales is now under additional lockdown restrictions, starting last Friday, October 23rd at 6 PM. The ‘fire-break’ will end on Monday, November 9th. During this time,  will once again remain open to deliver critical height safety equipment to businesses across the UK.


All stocked items ship as standard on a next day service, however, some deliveries may take slightly longer, between 24-72 hours. This is likely to further extend as we enter the busy holiday season from now till the end of January. Please bear with us if the delivery time is delayed slightly.

We are working hard to ensure that any disruptions are kept to a minimum, whilst working as safely as we can. Most of our team are working from home, and those who work on-site are continuing to do so under strict social distance measures as per Government guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Furniture and Soft Seating

I’m sure you’re already aware of the severe issues that have been affecting the whole of the European foam industry. Ongoing supply chain problems on the availability of the critical chemical TDI needed for foam production is having a major impact on the foam industry.

Over the last 8 weeks, prices have dramatically increased as manufacturers buy up what little material remained available. The timescales of the Force Majeure declarations made by the TDI producers has lasted longer than anticipated and foam producers are now being forced to close production to allow stocks of raw materials to be replenished. Currently these closures are planned to run for 5 days from 27th October and will undoubtably impact lead times.

The factory maintains stock provisions of faster moving material, and through close collaboration with our supply chain partners we remain confident that we can deliver to plan for the next 10 days, and for certain product lines we have enough foam material to continue producing for the next few weeks. However, it’s clear that over the coming weeks production dates and lead times could be affected as a result of these recent announcements.

We will continue to work closely with you and keep you informed of any possible delays.

Any existing customers and orders should already have been contacted by the sales department of Merlin Industrial Products Ltd and we will update you on any further industry changes.

Mid-October 2020 New Products

The race towards the clocks going back at the end of this month and Halloween continues. Merlin have added some new products as well as updating several older ones. Concentrating on just the new products with the special fire rated flammable storage cabinets designed for specialist laboratories and the all new Plastic picking walls.

Fire rated cabinets that comply with the International EN14470-1, EN1363-1 and FM6050 standards . These new fire rated cabinets supplyment the popular Polypropylene cabinets that Merlin have been supplying for many years.

The plastic picking walls at the bottom of this post complete this weeks new products at Merlin Industrial.

EN14470 cabinets 600

For more information on these European manufactured flammable storage cabinets visit Merlins page here;https://www.merlin-industrial.co.uk/storage/hazardous-storage/fire-rated-flammable-storage-cabinets

Older style Flammable Vaults https://merlinblog.com/flammable-liquids-storage-vaults/

The final addition to this weeks news are the plastic picking walls which now allow Merlin Industrial to offer pigeon hole style storage in Wood, Steel and now Plastic.

Available in several different sizes these new plastic picking stations mean that you do not need seperate shelving or louvered panels, and a clever locking system helps them present a plastic wall of storage suitable for warehouses, retail or industrial areas.

Container Pick Wall with12 contrainers

The new page showing the picking walls is here;https://www.merlin-industrial.co.uk/storage/containers/plastic-picking-container-walls

White Rabbits x3

Welcome to October and as my mother used to say White Rabbits three times before midday would bring you luck! If you missed it do not worry as I gather it does not matter which month it is.

With 15 million unemployed across Europe due the Covid-19 and its effects, industries are under pressure to try and get their staff safely back to work and with the furlough scheme due to finish this month along with Brexit it’s going to be a feature packed 32 days.

On a less important note Merlin have added the 10-year guaranteed handles to the Online shop. Click on the picture to see the prices.

antibacterial door furniture

New for the shop and also Covid-19 related are the touchpads, an ingenious method of dispelling virus killing gel only when you touch the door.

These do need recharging once depleted though prices are affordable, and they should also be available from the shop soon or call 01752 690622 and ask for Georgina who has trialled the pads and knows everything.

Have you “Bin” outside?

Bubble bin at work in Europe 800

Popular in Europe, especially Germany the Bubble Bin is now available within the UK with 360 and 600 litres capacity.

Two notable additions for October are the Oil Windows and Machine mounts.
push fit oil level windows The Oil windows offer Swiss optics with a very wide range of sizes and fitments and the page can be reached by clicking on the picture above.

Machine Feet and Anti-vibration mounts

These anti-vibration machine mounts have been used by our sister company Meddings, for nearly 50 years to prevent vibration and also offer a levelling method for a wide range of machine tools. We can now offer this direct to companies and manufacturers in the UK and some popular mounts are shown below.

anti-vibration mounts

That wraps up the news for the beginning of October 2020, and we hope that everyone stays safe and finds some solace in the days to come.