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Factsheet for measure ES-2020-13/1475 – measures in Spain
, applies locally
|Time period||Open ended, started on 25 March 2020|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Alejandro Godino (UAB)|
|Measure added||26 November 2020 (updated 15 February 2021)|
After the state of alarm decreed in 14 March and given the deficit of disinfectant gel, Repsol, the fossil fuel multinational company based in Spain, adapted its production facilities for motorbike competition lubricant in its Technology Lab (Mostoles) to produce hydroalcoholic gel to donate to hospitals and health centers together with protective material for health personnel.
The Repsol Technology Lab is one of the most important centers of the company in Europe, becoming a technological benchmark in which all kinds of products and lubricants are conceived for the most important motor racing competitions in the world. After the initial impact of the pandemic, the Lab adapted its activity to generate 3,000 liters of hydroalcoholic gel per week to donate to hospitals and health centers. Likewise, Repsol delivered machinery to the Hospital de La Paz (Madrid) to carry out 500 PCR tests as well as protective material: more than 500,000 masks and more than 2,600 protective suits, mostly to the Ministry of Health.
250 of the 400 workers of the Repsol Technology Lab adapted their tasks to reorient their activity to the production of hydroalcoholic gel. According to the manager of the Center's Technological Support and Experimentation Area at the head of the initiative, the experience and predisposition of the workers was essential for this rapid reconversion process.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||Applies to all citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No involvement of social partners.
CEOE, the largest Spanish EO, held an event in June with some of the main Spanish companies, including Repsol, to highlight the commitment of all companies to the health and economic recovery of Spain.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C19 Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Repsol adapts part of its production to hydroalcoholic gel, measure ES-2020-13/1475 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/ES-2020-13_1475.html
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