DAVERIO, Italy—Continental is using a manufacturing site in Daverio to produce much-needed air and medical gas hoses for the health care sector battling the coronavirus.
The company had "ramped-down" production in the Northern Italy location due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but "temporarily restarted a production line in order to meet our customer's need and supply the hoses to the medical sector," according to Marco Tamborini, manager for the Italy-based production of thermoplastic hoses at Continental, said in a statement.
"This is our critical contribution to Bergamo and the Italian society to support all the helping hands in the medical field," he continued.
Gas transfer products were made for Bergamo-based Flowmeter, which makes devices for the measurement, control and supply of fluids.
Bergamo, in the Lombardy region, has been hard hit by COVID-19.
The medical gas supply hose is made of PVC with a polyester yarn reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane conductive underlayer and a polyurethane intermediate adhesive layer, the company said. These hoses can be used with air, oxygen, nitrous oxide, helium and carbon dioxide.
"Going forward, we will have a strong focus on manufacturing medical hoses for the European health care sector—especially during these days, when the medical and social need for medical equipment used in respiratory diseases is so extremely high," Tamborini said.