A Northern Ireland engineering firm has said it's emerging with hope from "challenging times" due to Covid-19.
Hutchinson Engineering in Kilrea, Co Londonderry, said around 50% of its usual 100-strong workforce is now back on site. It follows a gradual return to work for much of the manufacturing sector over the last few weeks.
Managing director Mark Hutchinson said: "We're finding it okay - there is demand, albeit at lower levels than pre-Covid, but we would be generally optimistic for the coming months."
The company has also participated in the UK-wide VentilatorChallengeUK, in which a consortium of firms joined forces to manufacture ventilators for coronavirus patients.
Mr Hutchinson said: "On March 25 we furloughed pretty much all of our staff.
"It was a very challenging and very strange time. But just over two and a half weeks into shutdown, we were contacted by a guy we knew to see if we could bring in people around the VentilatorChallengeUK.
"Then around the middle to the end of April we were contact by a big customer in power generation who needed a local supply of components - then we brought in another small group of employees, while always making sure we could keep our staff safe."
He said that as a result of the work secured, the company was now operating at between 65 to 70% of normal levels. "We had forecast around 30% so to be at up to 70% means that we are at the better end of things."
The company also supplies parts to firms in the material handling sector, and the agriculture sector, where demand has been particularly strong. He said the safety of employees has been paramount. "The key thing which has struck fear into everyone is making sure employees are safe, so we've made a lot of change to factories, giving employees the confidence to come back.
"We've never have a long outlook, it's normally six to eight weeks for us. June is looking okay but the challenge will be around July and August, the traditional holiday months - but we are hearing different messages about people maybe not taking the usual holidays or shutdown in July."
But he said he was concerned about the long-term outlook for employment across the economy, fearing that many people will be made redundant when the furlough scheme runs out.
He said the firm had dealt with the crisis "as best we could, and it's looking okay".