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From Cotton swabs to sample collection swabs.

A collection of relevant case studies for the inspiration phase from industries across Portugal with similar problems.

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A manufacturer of consumer graded cotton swabs from Famalicão - Portugal has significantly adapted his production line to manufacture sample collection swabs which were in high demand due to a shortage in Portugal and a major obstacle to the medical community testing efforts.

The news was first reported on the 8th of Mar. 2020 on the SIC news channel. 

The company has, according to another newsagent invested in the transformation of machinery and slowed his regular cotton swab production in order to keep up with the demand.

Hidrofer is a group of companies ready to respond to the government's appeal to respond to the immediate needs of the country, specifically the frontline medic community, to collect samples for testing for COVID-19, critical to fighting the pandemic. 

According to the website Carlos Alberto Silva, manager of the company claims this adaptation in production will come at a cost for the main production line will slow down and the sample collection swabs are to be distributed freely to the NHS. 

What is the need are you focusing on?

Shortage of sample collection swabs for testing the population for COVID-19.

What is the best example of business adaption you’ve seen in response to COVID-19?

PLSails is a Portuguese sail manufacturer from Matozinhos that after realizing the business was going into a recession due to the current crisis immediately shifted his production to answer a critical need, the creation of face shields. Using at hand supplies and surpluses, from the sail's manufacturing, Pires de Lima decided to produce hand made face shields to equip the frontline fighters. Pires de Lima, the company owner, created job offers prioritizing unemployed people to assist in the production of the face shields.

What is your profession?


Where are you located (country)?


Where are you located (region)?

  • Europe

Which industry do you work in?

  • Academia/Research
  • Arts/Entertainment
  • Business/Consulting
  • Communications/Visual Design
  • Customer Experience/Service
  • Designer(UX/CX/Design Research)
  • Education
  • Entrepreneur/Investor

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your submission? Are you participating in these efforts?

Not aware of any organized open-source or hackathons efforts related to this submission but some other communities not necessarily related to this submission are starting to organize in my country.

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