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Factsheet for case LU-2020-35/1419 Updated – measures in Luxembourg

Protective masks made in Luxembourg

Fabrication de masque de protection made in Luxembourg

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 24 August 2020
Type Company practices
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Case created 10 November 2020 (updated 07 May 2021)

Background information

Luxembourg didn’t want to depend on the Asian market of protective masks. Therefore, the country has decided in April to develop its own production, with mainly European materials. the Robert Schuman Hospitals group has decided to invest in a machine to produce protective mask for the whole country. the Ministry for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises supported this initiative.

Content of measure

The Robert Schuman Hospitals group invested in the fight against the effects of the COVID pandemic by entrusted its subsidiary Santé Services S.A. with the implementation of a production line for protective masks. But they start from nearly zero as they have no machine able to produce these masks. Therefore, Santé Services worked hard to become operational in a very short time: a machine has been completely reconfigured from its initial state in order to produce these masks (first in China and then in Luxembourg for adjustments) and they obtain at the same time the ‘Medical Device’ certificates. Following this first initiative, Santé Service explained that the profits from sales are used for operating costs or reinvestment. Thus, 1 October, Santé Services announced that it had invested in a second machine producing masks, this time of the FFP2 type (in test phase for the moment).

Updates

The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

17 December 2020

An MPG start-up has developed a unique technology to optimise the protection of "made in Luxembourg" masks against COVID-19. The company has developed a process to manufacture self-disinfecting masks.

Use of measure

Launched in end of August, the production line has a capacity of 20,000 surgical masks per day. The machine produces 7 hours a day and 8 workers are working in this production line. The investment project has received a support of €200,000 from the Ministry for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. The current production is in line with the actual demand. Clients are mainly hospitals, doctors, nursing homes and supermarkets, Santé Services S.A. hopes to start production of 12,000 FFP2 masks per day by the end of October.

Contents

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Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Companies providing essential services
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Company level

Involvement

The investment project has received a support of €200,000 from the government and especially the Ministry for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. Otherwise, no involvement from trade union or employer union is known at this date.

Views and reactions

The government (the Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel (DP), and the middle class ministry, Lex Delles (DP)), is proud of this new national production and of the fact to not depend on production from other countries.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      C - Manufacturing C32 Other manufacturing

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Protective masks made in Luxembourg, case LU-2020-35/1419 (measures in Luxembourg), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.