Arregui makes the leap to health: the division expects to have a turnover of $2.9 million (€2.4 million) in 2021 Arregui enters the health business. Respirae, the biosafety division of the Basque group, has launched into the market air purifiers that destroy the particles of the Covid-19 through its ultraviolet light technology.
Arregui’s research and development technician, Carlos Brea, explained that “the forecast is to reach a turnover of $2.9 million (€2.4 million).” The company started in December to commercialize the air purifiers in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. These are the markets in which Arregui has a presence and supply agreements. Based in Orio (Guipúzcoa), Arregui specializes in developing security solutions, mail and parcel reception, and home equipment.
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The group estimates it will sell up to 10,000 air purifiers in 2021
These devices consist of a disinfectant that uses ultraviolet light to destroy viruses, bacteria, fungi and other pathogenic microorganisms in the air, such as coronavirus particles. Arregui has started marketing the air purifiers in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. Brea pointed out that the air purifier is the first device in the biosafety field developed by Arregui and that it was specifically designed to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The company invested more than $218,000 (€180,000) to develop this product. Half of the amount was destined to the incorporation of personnel, while the rest was dedicated to equipment and regulatory processes. The air purifier has an area of fifty square meters and is recommended for closed spaces such as health centers like hospitals and residences, as well as offices, restaurants and gyms. The device has a clean and safe technology, which allows its use in the presence of people.
Respirae, which is also the name of the device, has an estimated duration of 9,000 hours, which is equivalent to up to four years of continuous operation. Moreover, the device is maintenance-free and easy to operate, as it only has a single on/off button.
Respirae’s turnover forecast would represent 20% of the group’s global turnover in 2020 Brea also assures that Arregui’s goal is to expand its market. Initially, the company seeks to expand throughout the rest of Europe and then to reach the United States and Latin America. Arregui’s biosafety division is also working on improving the air respirator so that it can cover a larger area. If the forecasts are met, Arregui’s health area would account for 20% of the group’s turnover in 2020, which is $15.2 million (€12.5 million). Gorka Urbieta is the CEO of Arregui, which has almost fifty workers and has offices in Milan.
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