The coronavirus pandemic has stretched its grip across the entire globe over the last few weeks with the rate of its spread magnifying drastically. Italy continues to be the worst affected, suffering the most number of fatalities. The country’s entire healthcare system is stretched to the limited, leaving it acutely short of medical supplies to fight against coronavirus. During this extremely difficult period, Automobili Lamborghini has announced that it is repurposing some departments of its production plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese to make surgical masks and protective medical shields. The Italian automaker’s production facility falls right at the center of the outbreak and it plans to donate the medical supplies to the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna which has been grappling to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, commented: “During an emergency such as this one, we feel the need to make a concrete contribution. We have therefore decided to support the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, 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.”
According to the official press release by Lamborghini, 1000 masks a day will be made in the factory’s Upholstery Department by its highly skilled technicians, while the folks in the Research and Development Department will use the 3D printers of the carbon-fiber production plant to create 200 face shields a day. The Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences will test the equipment before it makes its way to the local hospital. A few weeks back, the automaker had completely shut down the factory as a part of the country’s lockdown measures. There’s no word on when Lamborghini will resume the production of cars. Meanwhile, Lamborghini lights up the headquarter buildings in Sant’Agata Bolognese every evening with the colors of the Italian flag as a sign of unity and support for Italy’s fight against coronavirus.