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Factsheet for measure PL-2020-13/1771 – Updated – measures in Poland
, applies locally
|Time period||Temporary, 25 March 2020 – 31 August 2020|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)|
|Measure added||07 February 2021 (updated 14 September 2021)|
Autoliv Poland is a Sweden-US-based automotive supplier operating in Oława since 1998. The company provides automotive safety products, including airbags, seat belts and steering wheels. As the production of airbags at the Oława site has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company decided to launch a production of masks for the local community.
Like the whole automotive industry, Autoliv has noted a drop in demand for its products. On 25 March 2020, the company launched a production of sanitary masks in one of its production halls in the Oława factory. The hall was appropriately equipped and the employees trained by the company. The masks were sewn by the employees of the company, and the raw material for the production was purchased by the local authorities; the masks were free of charge for the community. The source reports that the employees were very keen to be involved in the action. Autoliv planned to sew masks for medical staff in Oława too.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|24 August 2021||
The measure was ended in August 2020.
The masks were supplied to, among others, the police, fire services, residential care homes and inhabitants in Oława. The source reports that between 25 March and 8 April 2020 Autoliv provided about 9,000 masks.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
The COVID-19 risk group
People in care facilities
Other groups of citizens
Company / Companies
Local / regional government
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:
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Autoliv starts to produce masks, measure PL-2020-13/1771 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2020-13_1771.html
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