Automakers worldwide are contributing their personnel and production capabilities to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and hypercar manufacturer Lamborghini is no exception.
The company is converting parts of its production plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, to produce surgical masks and protective plexiglass shields. The masks will be donated to the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna to protect medical personnel attending to COVID-19 patients.
Employees of the saddlery that produces the interiors and specialty customization for Lamborghini cars are to produce 1,000 masks a day, Lamborghini says in a news release. Some 200 medical shields will be produced daily, using 3D printers within the automaker’s carbon fiber production plant and R&D department.
The initiative is taking place in collaboration with the University of Bologna. The Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences will oversee validation testing of the medical devices made by Lamborghini, prior to their delivery to hospital.
Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, says: “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 union, supporting those who are at the forefront of fighting this pandemic every day.”
The COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, where more people have died than in any other country – nearly 16,000 – is believed to have originated just north of Bologna. Authorities say the number of hospitalizations and deaths has declined in recent weeks, but Italy remains under lockdown.