In Healthcare, Atlas Copco Chile with Beacon Medeas is a major supplier of equipment for medical air for assisted ventilation, mechanical ventilators, incubators, oxygen therapy, among other treatments. Also responsible for providing equipment to enable Emergency and Operating Rooms in hospitals and clinics. Additionally, providing services in production plants related to food, beverages, chemicals, water and gas power plants, and pharmaceutical plants.
After the actions taken and as members of SOFOFA, which is the Chilean manufacturers' association, the General Management of Chile, through our GM Francesco Pinna, arranges actions and conversations with SOFOFA for it to act as an intermediary with the authorities to maintain our company operational, as well as the services for our clients with essential operations
The Ministry of Finance, jointly with SOFOFA, made a registry of the companies providing critical services, among them, a detailed list of customers requiring the service provided by Atlas Copco.
After all these actions, the Ministry of Finance made some modifications to the last version of the Guidelines for movement permits published by ONEMI on April 2nd, 2020, which considers for healthcare, the companies related to repair and maintenance operations which are essential for the proper functioning of the facilities, and also incorporates the personnel providing services of production, manufacturing, and delivery of food and beverages to public institutions or those providing services to the latter.
Operating for our Clients in Time of Crisis After the beginning of the contingency the world is facing, Atlas Copco in Chile, following the guidelines of the group; during the last three weeks has started taking different measures to protect our staff against COVID-19, facilitating remote work for 65% of our employees, thus, reducing the personnel in our new offices in Santiago to the minimum, disinfecting work areas, maintaining a minimum distance of 1.5mts (6ft.), providingN95 face masks, disinfecting wipes,and alcohol-based hand sanitizer to our collaborators.
Since fourteen days we are in quarantine in seven municipality where live approximately1.7million people, have curfew since to 10 pm to 5 am every day, this have impacted our operations in Santiago severely obliging us to adopt measures as putting home office 65% of our people, from the other side continuing to support other 120 CT people operating at 85% in the other 4 branches. So, the big challenge was how to find ways to remain operative as company despite the quarantine areas and curfew.
However, operating results in March was87%. We have asked direct support to the Industrial association of Chile SOFOFA explaining in practical the importance of maintaining in operation the compressed air in all the applications considered critical during the current contingency, in which compressed air is the fourth most used energy after electricity, water, and gas. Without compressed air, it is impossible for the plants declared as critical by the authority to be able to work.
Therefore, Atlas Copco is playing a critical role in the operation chain of the aforementioned areas, which necessarily depend on compressed air to be able to function.
The implications are this statement and certification obtained by Atlas Copco as a company dedicated to the production, supply, and maintenance of services of compressed air systems, power generation systems, and pumping equipment in different sectors which are critical for the operational continuity of the country, such as hospital, private clinics, food and basic goods manufacturing facilities, and in general, any facility that needs air compression systems as basic power.