Milan-based machinery maker Negri Bossi SpA employees and its injection molding machines are part of two efforts to produce personal protective equipment for Italian communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For one project, the machinery maker joined forces with other businesses, including Complastic srl, to mold protective glasses and face shields to protect health care workers from the deadly respiratory illness.
Spread by coughing, sneezing and talking, coronavirus quickly made its way to Italy following its initial outbreak in China in late 2019.
Now much of the world is clamoring for PPE in the form of masks, shields, gloves and goggles.
In Italy, Negri Bossi delivered an injection molding machine to Complastic in record time as part of a PPE project funded through an emergency program called Invialia for the Cura Italia.
The death toll in Italy now exceeds 30,560 — the third-highest in the world after the United States and Britain.
Founded in 1984, Complastic operates a 2,000-square-meter plant in the province of Caserta, where it molds thermoplastics for the automotive, food and textile markets.
To join the fight against the spread of COVID-19, Complastic started producing glasses and face shields on its new Negri Bossi machine. The company now has the capacity to produce 2,000 each a day.