As we reflect on 2022, it's been another busy year for the HMK Automation Team.
The supply chain issues that have been felt across our industry, exacerbated by the sad situation in Ukraine, have continued to pose a challenge. However, we've been committed to working closely with our technology partners and key OEMs to understand and meet their forward requirements.
We're proud to work with some of the world's leading manufacturers who represent quality engineering, reliability and performance and this year saw us realign our business priorities to focus on what we do best. As a result, we have ceased the Cobot arm of our business in order to continue to develop our core business - electro mechanical motion control.
Here at HMK, we know our workforce and their skills and expertise is our biggest strength, and we're passionate about investing in their development and wellbeing to support them to achieve their full potential. As a progressive and forward-thinking employer, we have this year introduced a shorter working week - finishing at 1pm on a Friday, and we've also created a mindfulness room at our HQ in Congleton.
Sustainability remains a key focus for our business and we're committed to reducing our environmental impact. This year we upgraded all the lighting in our offices to highly energy efficient LED lighting, which will cut our lighting carbon footprint by 50%. Our offices are also powered with green energy and our 55kW Solar PV array has seen a record year for energy output.
As we look ahead to 2023 - we're taking on the new year with a positive outlook. We'll continue to work closely with our suppliers and customers to meet your needs and we anticipate an improvement to the supply issues across the sector.
The demand remains strong for our products, combined with the unrivalled expertise of our engineering team, and we're ready to meet those demands. Our long-established mantra of Products + Expertise = Success remains at the heart of our business and we look forward to delivering success for our customers into 2023 and beyond.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our customers, suppliers and partners for all your support during the past year and we wish you and your families a restful and relaxing Christmas.
Have a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year.