Brazil Machinery Solutions

Industry sticks together against COVID-19: members of Brazil Machinery Solutions continue fighting the virus

23 - September - 2020

Pabovi, REFRISAT, SEIBT, STEINERT and TMSA innovate to help communities, hospitals and institutions

The crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic created some problems for many Brazilian families. Members of Brazil Machinery Solutions — a machinery and equipment sector project carried out by means of a partnership between the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) and the Brazilian Machinery Builders’ Association (ABIMAQ) — understood the urgent needs in health and focused their efforts on the production of items that will help in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

The initiatives complement one another by meeting different needs resulting from the pandemic. The actions included food and product donations and even service provision to field hospitals. See below some actions taken by companies that are members of BMS.

Pabovi Indústria de Plástico

To face the challenges of the pandemic, Pabovi joined forces with Jimo, another company from the state of Rio Grande do Sul, to donate to Hospital Beneficente São Pedro, in Garibaldi, alcohol spray bottles. The product is manufactured by Jimo and the container includes plastic parts that are produced by the manufacturing unit of Pabovi in Porto Alegre. The company is known in the market for the high quality of its hoses, tubes and connections, and its products are destined for general purposes and fields like home & garden, civil construction, agriculture and cattle farming, and the industrial sector.


A company that serves as an example in the development of equipment for temperature control and production of solutions for many industrial processes, REFRISAT provided hospitals and clinics with equipment aiming at solving problems related to air conditioning and temperature control in examination rooms.

Located in the city of Guarulhos, SP, the company gave an extra basic grocery needs box to each employee. The idea is allowing them to distribute the 120 boxes to people who live in their own neighborhoods.

SEIBT Máquinas Para Plásticos

SEIBT is located in the city of Nova Petrópolis, in Rio Grande do Sul, and sells plastic recycling machinery and equipment in Brazil and Latin America. Aiming at helping the population in its neighborhood, the company and its employees decided to repair some equipment belonging to the city hospital. SEIBT offered its premises and tools, while the employees donated their time and labor. Together, they repaired beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, shower chairs and hospital screens. The repaired items were sent temporarily to the field hospital built in that city as a way to prevent the spread of the disease. In the future, the items are going to be returned to the hospital of origin.

STEINERT Latinoamericana

Aware of the difficulties resulting from the pandemic, STEINERT Latinoamericana donated 12 tons of food and hundreds of facial masks. Over 600 families benefited from the initiative that helped 15 charity institutions in the city of Belo Horizonte and the surrounding areas. The company’s history began with its founder, Ferdinand Steinert, a German man who was already developing effective recycling methods more than 100 years ago. Today, the company offers a wide range of equipment destined for metal and residue recycling, as well as for the treatment of ashes and slag, also offering solutions for the mining industry.


This month, TMSA is starting a new initiative: the VENTIVIDA project. The company supports and participates in a group that exchanges information via Github, an online platform for the development and sharing of projects. In such virtual environment, information and technical drawings of equipment are made available for whoever wants to contribute. The purpose of the initiative is to automate AMBU resuscitators, which are low-cost and low-complexity devices. All ambulances in Brazil have this type of item. Besides donating money to the project, TMSA also developed a prototype of the product in its manufacturing unit in Porto Alegre. The company also supported an initiative of Vale and donated two ventilators to the Belo Horizonte field hospital.