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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-14/1521 – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 31 March 2020|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Paula Carrilho (CESIS - Centro de Estudos para a Intervenção Social)|
|Measure added||01 December 2020 (updated 02 February 2021)|
From the start of the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that the health system would face a major challenge, namely due to the lack of clinical ventilators in the hospitals.
CEiiA is a Centre which develops, implements and operates technological solutions to push innovation in aeronautics, mobility, naval/offshore and automotive. With COVID-19 pandemic, CEiiA has reoriented its know-how, in close cooperation with a specialised medical team, in order to create the first Portuguese clinical ventilator to be used in the hospitals' intensive care units.
CEiiA is a Centre which develops, implements and operates technological solutions to push innovation in aeronautics, mobility, naval/offshore and automotive. With COVID-19 pandemic, CEiiA has reoriented its know-how, in close cooperation with a specialised medical team, in order to create the first Portuguese clinical ventilator to be used in the hospitals' intensive care units. Adapting its activity, CEiiA mobilised 106 of their engineers for a completely new sector of activity, allowing the hospitals to face the most critical phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 45 days, in a close cooperation with a specialised medical team, the Atena ventilator was created. The way that CEiiA adapted its professional activity allowed hospitals to be better equipped to respond to the needs brought by COVID-19.
CEiiA mobilised 106 engineers for the creation of the Atena ventilator.
The first 100 units produced were offered to Portuguese hospitals. And by June 2020, 400 units had already been produced, resulting in a production capacity of 20 units per day. There are over 600 in order books for export to countries like Brazil, Angola and Dubai.
CEiiA received funding of €2.6 million from the National Agency for Innovation (Agência Nacional de Inovação - ANI).The director of CEiiA states that in the next two years, the amount will be returned to the State, more specifically to ANI.
|Does not apply to workers||
Companies providing essential services
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No views of the social partners.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C28 Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
Eurofound (2020), CEiiA - change of business activity to face COVID-19 pandemic, measure PT-2020-14/1521 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2020-14_1521.html
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