BH CORRESPONDENT, Sant’Agata Bolognese: It’s April 1, and this is no joke. On the contrary, it’s an initiative by Automobili Lamborghini to chip in the war against coronavirus.
Lamborghini’s production facilities has various departments assigned with various tasks and the automaker has converted some of them in its super sports car production plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese with the sole purpose of making bespoke products – rather need of the hour — coronavirus masks and accessories.
The bespoke operation will 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.
Work on this solidarity initiative will be carried out by personnel of the saddlery that produce the interiors and specialty customisation for Lamborghini cars, producing 1,000 masks a day. 200 medical shields will be made a day using 3D printers within the state-of-the-art carbon fibre production plant and the Research and Development centre.
The activity has been approved and supported by local authorities in the Emilia-Romagna Region, and the production of these items are 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, 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.”
On Tuesday, Italy marked a minute of silence and flew flags at half mast to mourn the 11,591 people who have died from the coronavirus pandemic that has drastically altered life in the Mediterranean country. The nation of 60 million has recorded nearly a third of all fatalities caused by the disease around the world.