From Dustbags to Respiratory Protection in Electrolux Swedish Factory

From Dustbags to Respiratory Protection in Electrolux Swedish Factory

PR Newswire

STOCKHOLM, June 23, 2020

STOCKHOLM, June 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The ongoing corona pandemic has created great global demand for respiratory protection. Electrolux's factory in Sweden, which manufactures vacuum cleaner bags, is now quickly switching parts of its operations to be able to produce at least one million face masks per month. The Swedish research institute and project partner RISE has tested and CE-marked the face masks according to the European standard EN149. The project is co-financed with Vinnova, Sweden's innovation agency.

The demand for disposable respiratory protection is huge amid the Corona pandemic. The factory Electrolux Filter AB in Sweden normally produces vacuum cleaner bags in a material similar to respiratory protection. Through an innovative modification of the existing production line and the material, the factory can now start producing at least one million face masks a month. The change from idea to prototype has only taken three weeks, a process which normally takes at least six months for delivery and commissioning of new machines.

The respiratory protection will be used in Electrolux factories globally. The production also makes it possible to provide Swedish health care with much needed protective equipment. Therefore, healthcare staff at Stockholm South General Hospital (Södersjukhuset) have contributed to the development of Electrolux respiratory protection through prototype testing. RISE, as the sole notified body in Sweden for personal protective equipment, has tested the face masks which are the first to also receive CE marking via RISE for use in Europe.

The rapid operational switch to producing respiratory protection at Electrolux Filter AB is a project co-financed by Vinnova, Sweden's innovation agency.

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Maria Larsson, fabrikschef Electrolux Filter AB

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