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Factsheet for measure PL-2020-13/1771 Updated – measures in Poland

Autoliv starts to produce masks

Autoliv szyje maski

Country Poland , applies locally

    • – PL518 Wrocławski
Time period Temporary, 25 March 2020 – 31 August 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/Innovation
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)
Measure added 07 February 2021 (updated 14 September 2021)

Background information

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.

Content of measure

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.

Use of measure

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.


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Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses The COVID-19 risk group
People in care facilities
Other groups of citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
Local / regional government
Local funds

Social partners

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

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

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Company level


Not available.

Views and reactions

Not available.

Sectors and occupations

    • 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,


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