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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-14/1525 – measures in Portugal

Solution Ozone: Change of core business

Solution Ozone - mudança na atividade principal

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 April 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category 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)

Background information

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.

Content of measure

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.

Use of measure

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.

Contents

  • Other topics

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
No special funding required

Social partners

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 involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Company level

Involvement

Not applicable.

Views and reactions

Not applicable.

Sources

Citation

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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