Thank you for taking the time to read this communication from us here at KOMPAN, another week closer toward the end of all of this uncertainty, and we hope you and your families are all safe and well.
A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. To us at KOMPAN, the above pictures say more than a 1,000 words. It’s of a KOMPAN fitness area in Milton Keynes, and since March 23rd, the only activity has been the flapping of the barrier tape in the wind. It’s a lockdown image that sums up life in 2020 so far. It’s a picture of a KOMPAN product designed to keep us fitter, improving the health and wellbeing of the individual and through that, taking the strain off the community. Once the tape is removed it will be a symbol of life returning to normal, or of life in the new normal.
To us at KOMPAN the photo is an analogy. The fitness area may be silent, the magnetic bells are still, but ready to go. At KOMPAN, we never abandoned our posts, we have kept our business moving and we believe our decision to keep professionally fit and try and work as normally as possible, from sales & marketing through to support, was the right one.
Some companies are recognising the need to press the ‘start’ button as soon as possible. At KOMPAN we never pressed ‘stop’ - we kept our business in shape, and over the coming weeks we will build on what we’ve done through a gradual return to normality. That return will be based on a cautious eye evaluating the safest, most sensible approach. We are fit and ready whenever you need us, so please rest assured, whether it is to deliver a part or to start on site, we will be there for you.
KOMPAN are following Government Guidance on our return to installation works across the country and have produced a specific COVID-19 Risk Assessment addendum with a Safe Operating Procedures document, to reassure our customers that both KOMPAN and our installation partners will work in a safe manner. We have identified which of our installation partners are able to comply with the specific risk assessment and a number are returning to sites in May.
KOMPAN, as a responsible contractor have a duty to ensure that operatives are fully aware of the serious threat that COVID-19 presents. We cannot instruct our sub-contractors to attend site, this is a decision that they must make for themselves. Should our sub-contractors agree to work on site, then our Contract Manager will ensure all site personnel are fully aware of the protocol to follow as per the Risk Assessment and there will be a compulsory tool box talk that everyone must undertake.
KOMPAN will continue to monitor Government Guidance and reassess our risk assessments to ensure all risk mitigation measures are in place to ensure the safety of all of our employees, installation partners, clients and members of the public at all times over the coming weeks. Currently for any new orders placed we are able to confirm earliest shipping dates will be from the middle of June 2020.
Following requests from some customers who have experienced vandalism of items of play equipment during playground closures, and for those wanting to plan future repair works and minor installations, we have launched a “supply only” offer that will run until the end of June. Our manufacturing plants continue to run at full capacity and many of the products in the campaign are “Quick Supply”, so available in 15 working days.
Outdoor fitness equipment has been around for a long time now and much of the inspiration for the design of this type of equipment came from Asia, particularly China. This equipment was designed to look like indoor gym equipment and this is where the problem begins. Although it looks like indoor gym equipment it does not have its functionality. Unlike its indoor counterparts, fake outdoor fitness equipment offers no resistance, has very poor ergonomics, does not stimulate the user and is extremely demotivating to use.
Fake Fitness can be defined as equipment that looks like well-known indoor fitness machines, but when used, does not result in any meaningful physiological effects.
Outdoor fitness sites are purchased and installed by customers with the best intention to promote public health, but sadly the Fake Fitness equipment they were sold will not deliver the promised physiological effect, so only minimum health benefits will occur and the site will sit unused.
Our webinars have been a fantastic success, drawing 100’s of customers to find out how to make the most of any play and fitness investment, but don’t worry if you missed them as we have extra dates in May and previous webinar content is available in video format on our website.
That’s all from us, we hope you are all in good health and keeping safe during these unprecedented times and we look forward to working together with you on your outdoor play, sport, and fitness projects very soon.
We have nearly 50 years of experience, and will support you throughout the project.