Royal DSM, a global purpose-led, science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, announces the launch of UNITE4COVID, a digital, open, collaborative marketplace designed to provide solutions for healthcare professionals, as well as a forum and collaboration hub for inventors, manufacturers and certification labs in the fight against corona.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the manufacturing industry continues to provide help to relieve the urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety equipment. From materials to production, manufacturers are coming together to help relieve the urgent need for medical supplies, equipment and replacement parts.
To connect those who wish to help with those who seek help, DSM launched a digital platform, UNITE4COVID.org. The platform makes finding approved COVID-19 solutions easier by providing transparency on approved COVID-19 solutions.
Healthcare professionals, as well as organizations, institutions and companies looking to protect their patients, employees and customers, can access UNITE4COVID to see and request the currently available solutions. Solution providers – from inventors to production hubs – can use the platform to share ideas, solutions, capacity and more. The platform brings together players in additive and traditional manufacturing industries in one collaborative marketplace, where they find a digital collaboration space, project management, approval status tracking and allow quick assessment on cost, availability and timing.
While initiated by DSM, UNITE4COVID is an open and industry-wide platform and is being adopted by a range of organizations and manufacturers. The Unite4COVID platform is highlighted on the World Economic Forum’s COVID Action Platform as a key effort from the manufacturing community to better connect those with a need and a global network of solution providers.
Hugo da Silva, VP Additive Manufacturing at DSM: “We strongly believe that value chain collaboration is a must. The 3D printing industry was able to respond very fast when the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the traditional supply chains as its digital, distributed way of manufacturing allows for creating solutions where the demand is highest. In the meanwhile, also out-of-the-box initiatives in the traditional manufacturing industry are starting to deliver solutions. By bringing together organizations with different manufacturing competencies and matching them with the needs of the organizations in vital sectors, we can offer effective solutions more quickly. It’s by collaborating that we’ll make the biggest impact in beating COVID-19 and saving lives.”