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BLIND MAKER RESPONDS TO BREXIT CHALLENGE

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

The UK's Solar Solve Marine is currently manufacturing around 600 Solasafe anti-glare roller sunscreens that will be installed on 40 vessels being built in South Korea.

The Type Approved screens will be fitted at the navigation bridge windows to protect ship’s personnel from heat, glare and UV light to create a safer and more comfortable working environment.

Included in the order is a series of 14 320,000 dwt VLCCs being constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilders, for owners in Norway, Greece, the USA and South Korea.  They will each have 17 Solasolv screens. Another series of five 50,000 dwt Handymax product carriers is destined for Japanese owners.

Solar Solve chairman John Lightfoot said that the UK's intended departure from the EU should be considered both a threat and an opportunity. The company's distributors were reminded that this was due to happen on 29 March, and as they had no idea what effect it would have on service after that date they should try to bring orders forward for manufacture and despatch before then.

“Our distributor in Busan, along with many other distributors and customers who had orders on hold, decided it is better to be safe than sorry, went along with the suggestion and placed orders, lots of them,” he said.

Solar Solve rallied to the challenge of making over 60% more solar sunscreens and roller blinds during the first quarter of 2019 that the previous year, and Lightfoot said that the company expects all export orders will be dispatched by 27 March to clear the UK before the 29th and be received by them as planned.

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