Surgical masks will be donated to the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After China, Italy became the biggest hotspot of the Coronavirus pandemic. While the current situation there is somewhat better compared to the past few days (given the declining number of new cases), the region is still under heavy lockdown, which has been extended till 13th April. Therefore, Italian firms stepping up to help in the time of this crisis is the need of the hour.
Taking this spirit forward, Automobili Lamborghini has started manufacturing surgical masks and face shields to meet the global shortage, in collaboration with the University of Bologna. The Italian marque has temporarily converted its saddlery unit into a mask manufacturing facility, with a capacity of producing up to 1,000 masks a day. To make the protective plexiglass face shields, the carbon fibre production plant and the R&D department are being utilised at the brand's plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
Sharing his thoughts on Lamborghini's efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Stefano Domenicali (Chairman & CEO - Automobili Lamborghini) said, 'During this emergency, we feel the need to make a concrete contribution. The S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital is an institution with which we have had a collaborative relationship for years, through both professional consultancy in promoting programs to protect our workers’ health and in research projects. We will win this battle together by working in unison, supporting those who are at the forefront of fighting this pandemic every day.'
Before any medical equipment is sent to the hospital, all of it will undergo validation testing by the Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Bologna.