Lamborghini switches to medical manufacturing

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Automobili Lamborghini is switching the focus of parts of its super sports car production plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy to the production of 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.

The work will be carried out by personnel that usually produce leather and customised elements for car interiors, with the aim of producing 1,000 masks a day. Lamborghini expects the team to manufacture 200 medical shields per day, using 3D printers within its carbon fibre production plant and R&D 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 university’s Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences will oversee validation testing of the medical devices made by Lamborghini, prior to their delivery to the hospital.

Medical shields being produced at Lamborghini’s factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese

Stefano Domenicali, chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, commented, “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 programmes 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 Italian nation facing the coronavirus emergency, every evening Lamborghini lights up its historic headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, with the colours of the Italian flag

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