COVID-19: Bentley supplies 30,000 3D-printed face shields to local community
The luxury British carmaker is also donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to local health services, while employees are delivering food and medical supplies to vulnerable communities.
The automotive industry has not been spared by the coronavirus crisis, which has halted manufacturing and put a stop on production. But this has not deterred carmakers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari and Jaguar Land Rover from contributing to COVID-19 relief.
The latest to join the fray is British car manufacturer Bentley, which has switched gears from vehicle production to manufacturing and delivering 30,000 face shields to the local community in Cheshire, UK, where its headquarters are located.
The 3D face-shields are being created by Bentley’s specialist engineering teams, using their engineering expertise and 3D-printing facilities. Fully manufactured at Bentley’s factory in Crewe, the face shields will be supplied to the Cheshire care sector, which includes 95 care homes, the National Health Service (NHS) and other local community services.
In addition, Bentley is donating a range of urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE) items to local health services. This includes 20,000 pairs of disposable gloves, 10,000 face masks to the local care sector, and 1,800 disposable seat covers to NHS primary care and community services.
Over 40 safety glasses have also been donated to local hospital, Leighton Hospital, with more PPE to be provided in the coming weeks.
Bentley employees are also chipping in to COVID-19 relief efforts. Recognising that there are people in the community struggling to access food supplies and medical prescriptions, employees have volunteered to help deliver parcels for local foodbanks and charities, and are now ramping up to help shop and drop off vital medical supplies through Cheshire East’s People Helping People programme.
Food and medical supplies are being delivered using a range of company vehicles.
Commenting on these efforts, Dr Astrid Fontaine, Bentley’s Board Member for People, Digitalisation and IT said, “This is such an incredibly difficult time for everyone and with our number one priority being the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues, their families and our communities, we are determined to help as best we can.”
“We are utilising our world-leading engineering and manufacturing expertise, the remarkable vehicles and resources we have available to us, and also our extraordinary colleagues, who are going to such efforts to help the local Cheshire area and the healthcare professions, locally and nationally, who continue to perform such heroics. We will endeavour to work with the whole community in the proceeding weeks and months to help in every way possible in this time of great need.”
“This is such an incredibly difficult time for everyone and with our number one priority being the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues, their families and our communities, we are determined to help as best we can.” – Dr Astrid Fontaine