In a fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Italian supercar manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini is converting departments of its supercar production plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese in order to produce surgical masks and protective plexiglass shields. The masks will be donated to the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna to be used in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
1,000 masks a day will be produced by craftsmen from the saddlery that produces the interiors and specialty customizations of the supercars. Meanwhile, 200 medical shields will be produced daily using 3D printers within the carbon fiber production plant and the research and development department.
The activity has been approved and supported by the Emilia-Romagna Region, and 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 hospitals.
Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, comments: “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.”
As a sign of unity and support for the entire nation facing the Coronavirus emergency, Lamborghini lights up the historic headquarter buildings in Sant’Agata Bolognese, with the colors of the Italian flag every evening. This comes at a time when the country is currently grappling with the second-highest number of positive coronavirus cases worldwide. So far, Italy has 115,242 positive cases, 13,915 deaths, and 18,278 recoveries of the coronavirus as of April 3, 2020.