Checking back in with one of the European molders that was hit early on by the virus as it spread through northern Italy.
Sarah Kominek first mentioned MTA SpA in a Feb. 24 update on plasticsnews.com.
MTA, an injection molder of connectors and other electronic parts for the auto industry, announced it was forced to close its main production center in Codogno, 37 miles southeast of Milan, on Feb. 24 to follow regulations put in place by the Italian Minister of Health.
Luca Ciferri, editor of our sister publication Automotive News Europe, writes that Umberto Falchetti, the son of MTA's founder who then led the company from the mid-1970s to 2005, died of COVID-19 on March 6.
While 86 years old, Falchetti was still active, his daughter, Maria Vittoria, told Ciferri.
"Umberto developed a slight fever on Friday, Feb. 28, but no one thought it was anything serious," Ciferri wrote. "Maria Vittoria had breakfast with him on the morning of March 4. That afternoon the fever worsened, so Umberto was taken to the hospital. He died two days later."
"In memory of ... Umberto Falchetti, remembering his generous impulses and sure to fulfill his wish, MTA donated 200,000 euros among the hospitals of Codogno, Cremona and Piacenza and the Red Cross of Rolo with the aim of giving them a little help to cope with the needs and difficulties that the coronavirus emergency has provoked and is still provoking in recent weeks," MTA posted on its website March 18. "We hope that everything will end quickly and we renew our due thanks to those who, with a spirit of sacrifice, absolute and selfless dedication, are working for the good of others even at the risk of their lives."
MTA lowered its company flag to half staff following Falchetti's death, but reports it is now focused on recovering.