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Volvo uses Daphne’s design to help fight coronavirus

Tuesday 28 April 2020

In normal times, Daphne Technology fights against air pollutants. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lausanne-based company has promptly responded to a new challenge: protecting healthcare workers from droplets containing coronavirus particles.

Daphne, a green technology company based in Lausanne with an office in Sweden, has made its expertise in air purification available for free in order to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19. The company, which specializes in the treatment of exhaust gases for the maritime industry, has designed a new, easy-to-assemble face shield.

“A few weeks ago, when around 45,000 employees were laid off at Volvo Trucks and the factories stopped because of the coronavirus outbreak, Customer Manager Jenny Westermark came up with the idea to start manufacturing protective visors for healthcare workers instead of just going home,” Sweden’s Expressen newspaper reports. “She recruited her husband, Henrik, who is Head of Design at Daphne Technology, a company headquartered in Switzerland. Together with his colleague Sami Jelassi, they developed a design for a PETG plastic protective visor.” Volvo Trucks has since produced around 18,000 face shields, and Daphne’s design has been approved by Gothenburg’s health authorities.

Daphne’s design was inspired by simplicity and cost-effectiveness. The blueprint to manufacture the visors is available for free download and the materials can be found at any hardware store for less than the price of a cup of coffee.

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