PennWhite Christmas Message 2020

It's hard to believe its nine months today since the UK went into Covid-19 lockdown (for the first time).

As an essential supplier to many critical industries, including food processing and water treatment, PennWhite remained open through that and subsequent lockdowns.Our office teams have worked remotely since March 23rd and our production, laboratory and warehouse teams have worked changed shift patterns to reduce the number of staff on site at one time and facilitate social distancing. We are proud that during this challenging time we have continued to satisfy the needs of our customers, play our part in keeping the UK economy moving and protect the health of our staff and their families.

Hopefully, 2021 will see the world control the coronavirus and the gradual return to business, and indeed life, as usual. 

2021 will of course also see the UK operating outside the EU for the first time in many decades. PennWhite has invested considerable resources to ensure it is able to maintain and grow its extensive EU customer base following Brexit. We have worked hard to ensure both EU and UK regulatory compliance for our products and have partnered with specialist freight forwarders to ensure our goods reach our EU customers as "frictionlessly" as possible. 

PennWhite will close for it's Christmas break at 5.00pm today (23rd December 2020), and will reopen at 9.00am on Monday 4th January. If you need emergency technical assistance during the break, please contact Technical Director Mark Humphries on +44 7881 805243, for urgent sales issues please contact Managing Director John Whitehead Snr. on +44 7836 681522.

Have a happy and safe Christmas!

 

 

 

 

PennWhite Receive WRAS Re-Approval

The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has re-approved Greasil 4000 for use with potable water systems carrying water up to 85C in temperature. According to WRAS our product "is suitable for contact with wholesome water for domestic purposes having met the requirements of BS6920-1:2000 and/or 2014". This standard addresses The Suitability Of Non-Metallic Products For Use In Contact With Water Intended For Human Consumption With Regard To Their Effect On The Quality Of Water

Greasil 4000 is a non-melting silicone grease lubricant which can be used to lubricate plastic and polythene water pipes. Our WRAS approval  number  for the product is 2009520 and is valid until September 2025.

Greasil 4000 Technical Data Sheet

 

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PennWhite; Covid-19 Update (18th August)

It's twenty-one weeks since the UK government put the country into lockdown to help fight the Coronavirus. Throughout the lockdown and its easing, PennWhite has supplied vital products to our customers thanks to our laboratory, production and logistics teams working on site and our office/sales team, who have been working from home.

Following consultation and preparation, our office staff will start to return to our Middlewich site in early September. This will of course be done in line with social distancing practices, enhanced hygiene procedures and new Covid-safe working practices. In the early stages of their return, the direct-dial contact numbers displayed on our home page will remain in use, so please continue to use them when you need to call us.  

PennWhite Halal Certificate 2020-21

Following an intensive remote audit of our operations and products, the London based Halal Food Authority (HFA) has recertified 28 of our FoamDoctor food-grade foam control agents, and our production facility, as halal. A copy of our new 2020-21 certificate, which includes details of the approved products, can be seen here.

We will be submitting more FoamDoctor products to the HFA for their approval over the next few months and hope to eventually offer a range of halal certified products similar in scope to our kosher range which currently stands at 92 products.  

 

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PennWhite Certified Kosher For 19th Year.

Following a remote audit of our procedures, raw materials and practices, the Manchester Beth Din have certified 91 of our FoamDoctor food-grade foam control agents kosher and parev.

Obviously this year's audit under lockdown was a little different than usual and took place remotely on 20th May. This morning we received our new 12-month certifcate, backdated to 15th May 2020, representing the 19th year that our practices and products have been approved by the Manchester Beth Din. Hopefully, next year's audit will be a little more "normal".

Kosher Certificate 2020-21

PennWhite; Covid-19 Update (18th May)

An update from our Technical Director:

Eight weeks into the UK pandemic lockdown and PennWhite continues to operate as close to normal as possible. Orders are being processed, products are being manufactured and finished goods are being shipped to customers across the globe.

Our office staff are still working from home and have been pleasantly surprised by the robustness of the IT and telecoms systems we put in place in preparation for a potential lockdown back in early March. Laboritory, production and warehouse staff continue to work a socialy distancing shift pattern and observe responsible Covid-19 working practices, as they have done throughout "phase 1" of lockdown.

Over the last two months we have played our part in helping customers in key industries ensure they are able to provide vital services and products and are commited to doing so for as long as this crisis continues. Over the last few weeks we have started to see an increase in orders from other sectors and look forward to providing these customers with the products and technical support they need as they emerge from lockdown.

In April we underwent a remote ISO 9001 audit (we passed) and expect to be audited remotely by our halal and kosher certifcation bodies during the next few weeks. Both the kosher and halal audits have been delayed by the lock down and we appreciate our customers patience whilst our FoamDoctor products are awaiting recertifcation.

Dr. Mark Humphries

18th May 2020

 

New Product Launch - Pennstat 1218F

PennWhite launch a new anti-static agent specifically developed for use in food contact applications. 

Pennstat 1218F is formulated for use in any food contact application and is particularly suited for use in the manufacture of BOPP films used in food packaging. The product reduces static-causing surface friction and provides a conductive path allowing any charge to disipate quickly and safely.

The components used in Pennstat 1218F are compliant with applicable FDA and EU regulations, further information can be found on the new product's Technical Data Sheet.

 

 

PennWhite; ISO 9001:2015 External Audit

Last Tuesday Intertek Certification carried out their annual audit of our ISO 9001 Quality Management System. In line with current UK government guidlines, this was of course a remote audit. 

During the course of several Zoom meetings, the auditor examined our preparations for lockdown working and reviewed how our QMS has been integrated within our current remote working pactices, particulalry in respect of sales order processing and quality control. 

We're pleased to report that we passed the audit and have now been certified to ISO 9001 (or its predecessors) for two decades. We look forward to next year's external audit which will hopefully take place without the aid of video conferencing!

 

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PennWhite; Covid-19 Statement Update

PennWhite share our customer's concerns about the impact of the Coronavirus on global supply chains. We have taken steps to minimise the impact of the pandemic on our business and remain fully operational. We are also taking additional measures to protect the health of our employees, their families and the wider public. Details can be found in our Covid-19 Statement. (Last updated 1st April 2020, version 5)

PennWhite; Covid-19 Update

A message from our Managing Director.

I wanted to let you know that PennWhite is continuing to work as normally as possible, subject to UK government directives, during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

We've put together a Coronavirus Response Plan and taken measures to ensure we can fulfil our role in the supply chain with minimal disruption to our usual service levels. Our ability to continue to do this may be affected by some factors beyond our control, such as further UK government restrictions and/or global measures taken to fight the pandemic.

We've taken steps to separate key staff from each other where possible and initiated remote working when practical. Around half of our office staff are already working from home and we expect the remainder will be working from home within the next few days.

We've temporarily changed how you can contact us by phone; When you dial our main number (+44 (0)1606 734820) you'll be given the option to "press 1 for UK sales, press 2 for export sales" etc. Your call will then be routed directly to the person you need to speak to, whether they are in the office or working from home. Alternatively, you can email your usual contact directly or use This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make general enquiries or to place orders.

As a supplier to the food industry, we have long established hygiene practices in place with numerous hand-sanitising stations and "hands-free" handwash facilities throughout our premises. These will help to protect our staff, their families and the wider population during the pandemic.

The circumstances we all find ourselves in are unprecedented and changing almost by the hour. I believe the steps we have taken are a practical and reasonable response. PennWhite is, in essence, keeping calm and carrying on.

 

John Whitehead Snr.

23rd March 2020