By Tony Lockwood, Managing Director, BOFA International
It’s been a year like no other. For all of us, 2020 turned out to be quite different to what we had planned – a year of pandemic, video calls and unsung heroes.
At BOFA, like just about every other business around the world, we had to adjust to life in lockdown…and the inevitable recession that followed. For most of us the world became more virtual than any of us had ever experienced, as we adapted to home working and implemented new workplace practices to keep everyone safe.
But we also saw the best of humankind in the outstanding efforts of healthcare staff, volunteers, and those unexpected heroes providing essential public services.
Throughout it all, my colleagues across BOFA ensured we delivered as a key supplier to those businesses working in vital sectors such as food and beverage, PPE, pharmaceutical and medical equipment. Many manufacturers had to step-up and adapt to meet demands created by COVID-19 and, without BOFA equipment, they simply could not have done this. As a business, we certainly demonstrated our value as part of the essential supply chain.
The resilience we have shown as a company in 2020 is down to the fantastic team effort to get the products made and delivered to our customers around the world. My thanks go to all my colleagues for their dedication and commitment.
As we look forward to 2021, the conversation is shifting to the roll out of vaccines and, in time, a brighter social and economic landscape.
As a business, BOFA has a lot to feel optimistic about. While we must remain vigilant – in the workplace and at home – 2021 is looking positive for our company as we continue to drive opportunities in the market with existing clients and new prospects.
We also look forward to further developing our relationship with Donaldson, whose resources are enabling us to push product innovation to new heights on behalf of our customers. We will continue to collaborate with them on these exciting projects and benefit from their extensive facilities and expertise to help us strengthen our leadership position in portable fume and dust extraction technology.
Finally, it just leaves me to send best wishes from BOFA for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.