The Covid-19 cases in Italy are at an alarming rate. Italy has been a hotspot for the pandemic outbreak in Europe. Many well-knowned Italian companies have joined in the effort to flatten the curve and curb the outbreak/ Luxury car manufacturers Ferrari is the latest to announce its initiatives to battle and contain covid-19.
The Prancing Horse marque has started to produce respirator valves and fittings for protective masks at its Maranello plant as one of its initiatives in support of health workers treating covid-19 patients.
The department where car prototypes are usually built is producing these thermoplastic components using additive manufacturing technology. Some valves have been developed by Mares, a diving equipment manufacturer, tailor-made to fit their masks so as to create emergency masks to assist patients suffering from respiratory failure.
Other fittings are being supplied to Solid Energy, who will use them to transform Decathlon snorkel masks into aids to protect healthcare workers exposed to infection.
Moving on, Ferrari plans to manufacture several hundred items of equipment that are already being distributed by some of the companies involved, with the coordination of the Italian Civil Protection, to various Italian hospitals including those in Bergamo, Genoa, Modena, and Sassuolo as well as to health workers in the town of Medicina, near Bologna.