April 18, 2020, Maranello – Ferrari has agreed to fund a series of initiatives in the region with the first activities concentrating on the immediate communities of Maranello, Fiorano and Formigine, in response to the healthcare crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Italian Sports Car manufacture has coordinated directly with the local authorities, to send aid to the different towns. Some of the initiatives include purchasing of Covid-19 test kits and diagnostic equipment for the Policlinico di Modena and the hospitals of Baggiovara and Sassuolo.
These serological and molecular tests will provide rapid results within 4 to 8 hours and are instrumental in the control, as well as prevention of the contagion for the future. The company will also donate an emergency medical service vehicle in support of the volunteers of the Local Health Authority of Modena (A USL) and made available to the AVAP, a voluntary association of public assistance of Maranello for emergency response interventions in the local area.
On top of that, Ferrari has planned to purchase computer equipment for schools. Equipment such as notebooks, tablets, portable models will allow primary and secondary in the three towns to provide efficient management and participation in online lessons which have became the primary form of education during the crisis. All the equipment will remain with the school post virus.
Purchasing of computer equipment for schools. Notebooks, tablets and portable modems will allow primary and secondary in the three towns to provide efficient management and participation in online lessons which have become the primary form of education during the crisis. All of the IT equipment will remain with the schools post virus.
The sports carmaker will also purchase food vouchers and essential goods for struggling families coping with the emergency situation.
There will be further initiatives that will be confirmed in the region over the coming weeks. Ferrari has generated almost € 2 million for these initiatives. It was made possible thanks to the chairman, the chief executive officer and board of directors who pledged their full compensation from April to the end of the year, with the senior management team donating 25 percent of their salaries for the same period.
Ferrari also started to produce respirator valves and fittings for protective masks at its Maranello plant as one of its initiatives in support of health care workers treating coronavirus patients. These thermoplastic components are produced in the department where car prototypes are usually built, by using additive manufacturing technology.
Some of the 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 that suffers from respiratory failure.
The logistics of the projects were handled by Nuovamacut Gruppo Team System, who also helped with the research of the different companies who contributed to the success of the project. Other fittings are being supplied to Solid Energy, who will use them to transform Decathlon snorkel masks into aid to protect healthcare workers exposed to infection.
Ferrari plans to manufacture several hundred items of equipment that already been distributed to 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 the health workers in the town of Medicina, near Bologna.