The batch of masks are manufactured by companies across the province under EU standards and will be departed from Changsha, China for Lombardy, Italy. Zoomlion coordinated the manufacturing, logistics, and customs clearance all within two days.
After arriving in Lombardy, the masks will be delivered to local health authorities and then distributed to medical workers on the front lines to help control the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy.
Li Bin, Director of International Business Management at Zoomlion, said:
“The first batch of supplies will be donated to the Niguarda Hospital in Milan. Zoomlion had previously made large-scale purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE) to aid in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in China. At that time, Zoomlion’s employees worldwide, including those at CIFA in Italy, actively responded to assist Zoomlion in the purchase and transport of PPE and resuming domestic production in China. Now, we also hope to provide aid and support to Italy. “
Giuliana Sabatino, the responsible health official of the Lombardy government said:
“I would like to express on behalf of Lombardy my sincere thanks to Hunan Province and Zoomlion for helping out during this emergency.”
The development of Zoomlion and CIFA in Italy
In 2008, Zoomlion acquired Italian manufacturer of concrete machinery CIFA. In 2012, the two sides jointly developed a 101-meter carbon fiber boom pump truck still holding a Guinness World Record today, according to Zoomlion.
More recently, they have continued to raise the bar with the new C-series of concrete pump trucks, the K38C and the K43C, and world-class concrete handling including the CSS3-Z1 wet spray machine. CIFA has set up a factory in China to operate using its component supply chain so as to better leverage the synergy with Zoomlion. Thanks to fresh capital, it has strengthened its product R&D and registered new patents for carbon fiber and hybrid engine technology, increasing its competitive edge.