MILAN—Pirelli & C. S.p.A. is donating a cache of medical equipment to the health care community in Lombardy, the northwestern region of Italy where the tire maker is headquartered.
The equipment donation is in addition to nearly $800,000 in financial donations from Pirelli and its associated companies. Pirelli also has donated more than 7,000 hours of work hours to the "Together for Italy, Together for Research" initiative promoted by the company during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pirelli said its donation—comprising 65 ventilators for intensive care therapy, 5,000 protective suits for health care workers and 20,000 face masks—is being carried out in partnership with Lombardy's regional government and with the cooperation of China Construction Bank.
In a statement provided by Pirelli, Attilio Fontana, president of Lombardy's regional government, said, "These extraordinary gestures give us the strength to go forward even with the critical situations we face every day."
Marco Tronchetti Provera, executive vice chairman and CEO of Pirelli, said: "In such a moment of great difficulty, we want to stand together with our region and the country, also thanks to the help of or partners, with an initiative of substance and to support the regional health structures through fast and effective aid. A thank you to everyone who helped us in this undertaking."
The donations primarily will be used by Milan's Luigi Sacco Hospital, to help that facility increase the level of safety for care providers and to contribute to research.