Biovisor Healthcare is now opening a factory outside Norrköping for the manufacture of COVID 19–certified protective equipment. This is to be able to secure deliveries of Swedish–made masks and protection to municipalities and county councils. The decision to open the factory was made in mid–May and already now the first products have been delivered to both Ystad municipality and Sundsvall municipality.
When the acute shortage of respiratory protection arose throughout Europe, Andreas Bengtsson, CEO of Biovisor and a licensed doctor, decided to open his own factory in Sweden in order to secure the availability of protective equipment for healthcare. During the pandemic, poor quality protective equipment was imported with sometimes forged CE documents. Andreas Bengtsson, who worked at the emergency room in Norrköping, quickly realized that you can not rely only on imports when it comes to protective equipment.– There was a great shortage of everything from masks to aprons and what was used was often the equipment of varying quality. When the need was greatest, it was very difficult to get good quality. Almost all protective material is produced in Asia and deliveries were often difficult. Partly due to canceled freight and partly temporary export stops. Both Europe and Sweden were very vulnerable when they have no domestic production at all. That is what made us take the step to start our own production here in Sweden, Andreas Bengtsson explains.
The first product to leave the factory will be IIR mouthguards that have been tested and certified by an independent laboratory (RISE). The test results showed a very high filtration capacity of 99.9%, which is very high for mouth protection in that class. Respiratory protection in class FFP2 and FFP3 as well as protective aprons must also be produced at the facility at Vikbolandet. Today, 55% of the raw materials are domestic, but in the long run, all materials will be delivered from Swedish subcontractors, to further reduce vulnerability.
– We see this investment as very long–term because this is equipment that will be needed long after the Corona pandemic is over. I think a new way of thinking is needed when it comes to what equipment we actually need to produce on-site in Sweden, says Andreas Bengtsson.