How thyssenkrupp is providing Corona aid

thyssenkrupp is active in 78 countries worldwide - and everywhere its more than 160,000 employees are working with creative solutions to combat the corona pandemic, including in the Ruhr area. In Mülheim and Hagen, protective mask holders are produced from 3D printers.

With the Corona pandemic, personal protective equipment quickly became scarce all over the world, alongside medical equipment. Not only doctors, but also employees in care and social institutions, in factories, shops and public facilities: Countless people need mouth-nose masks and clear visors for their faces. Everywhere it is a matter of protecting themselves and others from droplet infection.

Since the beginning of April, employees at thyssenkrupp Springs and Stabilizers in Hagen have been manufacturing face visor mounts using open source data. A full 100 face visors were recently sent to the Hagen fire department. They use the so-called "spit shield" in the rescue service. Physical closeness is unavoidable there, and the visors that the helpers wear in combination with a mouth-nose mask are accordingly useful. "We are extremely grateful that thyssenkrupp is supporting us with this donation. Sometimes it is the supposedly simple things that help us in our operations," said Veit Lenke, head of the Hagen fire department, who accepted the donation.

Handing over of the face protection visors with the head of the fire brigade Hagen Veit Lenk (left) and thyssenkrupp Springs and Stabilizers plant manager Hagen Bernd Liebel (2nd from left)

The adult education center in Hagen has also received some of the visor mounts. Particularly now that operations are being gradually resumed under strict conditions, the school is delighted with the donation, which will help to make public access possible again.

Handover at the adult education centre in Hagen, from left to rightChristian Niepel, thyssenkrupp Springs & Stabilizers employee, and Bianca Sonnenberg, head of the adult education center in Hagen

"For us it was a very special concern to support the local fire brigade and others on site as far as we could. Despite a tight financial situation, in times of crisis it is all the more important to help each other and live up to your responsibility," says Bernd Liebel, thyssenkrupp plant manager at the Hagen site.

Part of a global campaign

3-Printing is not a technology for the production of large series, therefore companies and private individuals all over the world participate with their equipment in the production of protective devices such as face visors. thyssenkrupp Automotive Technology in Mülheim an der Ruhr is also involved. The company's technicians are constantly working to adapt the print templates freely available on the internet and optimize them for their printers to increase output.

Other thyssenkrupp locations in Germany, the USA and Mexico with 3D printers also produce face visor holders or mouth-nose masks for replaceable filter inserts (the so-called "Montana Mask") as far as possible. In Beckum in the neighboring Münsterland region, for example, the thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions training center has so far printed 60 holders as part of a local initiative, and the young colleagues are continuing to print.

Major donation from Dortmund

thyssenkrupp Plant Technology did not produce any masks but donated 50,000 surgical masks and other protective clothing from its own inventory to health authorities and hospitals in the region. "We are pleased to use this donation to help where it is most needed. Our thanks go in particular to all those who are helping to ensure healthcare in hospitals, doctors' practices, nursing homes and other institutions in these times," said Michael Höllermann, personnel