Ferrari takes the fight to COVID-19 by producing its own brand of respirator valve and fittings

April 29, 2020

Italian carmaker Ferrari is standing its ground to fight the Corona Virus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 with the best way it can. This comes in the form of its own brand of respirator valves and fittings which it recently started to make at its headquarters and automotive production facility in Maranello, Italy.

For this endeavour, Ferrari has dedicated the prototype car production department in its facility. The medical respirator valves and fittings are made from thermoplastic material and 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.

The logistics of the project were handled by Nuovamacut Gruppo TeamSystem, 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 aids to protect healthcare workers exposed to infection.

In the next few days, 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.

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Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.