Latvian laser equipment manufacturer produces face shields

Facing problems caused by COVID-19, laser equipment production company DK Robotics has started producing face shields, said chairman Dainis Kļaviņš to Latvian Radio on May 13.

DK Robotics, located in the Rēzekne municipality, experienced a drop in demand of their regular production and resolved to facial shield manufacturing. Although the company continues to receive orders from local medical institutions, the National Guard and enterprises, DK Robotics does not plan to continue production of facial shields after the COVID-19 crisis. Instead, they will resume their core business: laser equipment manufacturing.

When the COVID-19 crisis hit, many clients with whom the company had started to collaborate put their business on hold to wait and see what would happen. 

"We had time on our hands, so we used it to figure out how we could operate in crisis circumstances to help the medical sector, the hospitals in our vicinity. Looking at supply and demand, it turned out that personal protective equipment was lacking. And when we explored types of protective equipment, we chose to produce facial shields because we had the means to do so," said Dainis Kļaviņš.

The main task was to find a suitable model of all samples that would meet the requirements of the Ministry of Defense. 

"Shields must be disinfectible, reusable, protective, sealed from the top, transparent," said Klaviņš. 

The company can produce about 200 shields a day. "Our clients are local hospitals, notaries, the National Guard, and individual enterprises. We have our market in Latvia, and we have not looked at other countries much, as the main idea was to help local hospitals and manufacturers. This is not a long-term business for us, after the crisis we are planning to return to our main business."

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