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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-14/1525 – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 April 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)|
Solution Ozone is a startup created in 2017, dedicated to the research, development and production of ozone equipment. This Portuguese company has 10 employees.
Its products are distributed to Portugal, but also to Spain, France, Brazil and Canada.
In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the company for an interruption of work and the temporary closure of facilities. Being a recent company, it did not meet the conditions required by the Government to resort to support.
In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the company for an interruption of work and the temporary closure of facilities. Being a newly established company, it did not meet the conditions required by the Government to resort to support.
Since ozone is the most efficient and natural disinfectant that can be used, without the use of chemicals, Solution Ozone applied its knowledge about ozone and used it to fight the COVID-19 virus. Changing its core business, the company has developed several solutions, namely: disinfection tunnels, which allow the disinfection of people, goods and spaces; 360º cannons, which allow disinfection of spaces with large areas; and smaller cannons, dedicated to disinfecting clinics, offices, restaurants and other commercial spaces.
In a few months, Solution Ozone increased sales volume, gathered 75 new customers and hired four new employees. In the near future, Solution Ozone's goal is to hire new employees and expand its facilities.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
No special funding required
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:
Eurofound (2020), Solution Ozone: Change of core business, measure PT-2020-14/1525 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2020-14_1525.html
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