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Denchi Group to keep supplying MoD with batteries and charging systems

By Alan Hendry

Denchi Group in Thurso supplies battery systems to the Ministry of Defence.
Denchi Group in Thurso supplies battery systems to the Ministry of Defence.

Thurso-based manufacturer Denchi Group is to remain open for the foreseeable future to ensure the Ministry of Defence continues to be supplied with the batteries and charging systems it needs.

Denchi’s non-executive director Mike Riddell-Webster, a former major-general, said: “As the coronavirus emergency deepens, we can expect our armed forces to become increasingly involved in helping to increase the resilience of the civil authority and, to do that effectively, they are going to need robust communications.

"Denchi’s batteries may be a small part of that, but they are a vital element that goes to make up an effective capability – a capability that is going to be much needed in the days ahead. I am very proud of the efforts of the team at Denchi as they play their part in this emergency.”

Denchi non-executive director Mike Riddell-Webster.
Denchi non-executive director Mike Riddell-Webster.

Although the Denchi team continues to operate, measures have been taken to slow the spread of coronavirus. These include most office-based staff working from home, a new two-shift system in production, extra PPE in the workplace and a focus on social distancing.

“The business is committed to meeting the ongoing needs of its customers while maintaining the health and safety of our team and the wider community,” Denchi’s chief operating officer Martin Ruse said.

“Although coronavirus has created a number of new challenges for the business, the response from the team has been fantastic and we are sharing the burden, filling in roles where necessary, including myself and my wife Caroline temporarily, but happily, taking over cleaning duties.”

Denchi Group is an engineering and manufacturing business that specialises in high-reliability battery systems.

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