Motorcycle industry joins the fight against COVID-19, donates protective equipment for healthcare

Global motorcycle industry players have joined as the world continues to try to contain the COVID-19 pandemic which first spread in Wuhan, China.

Italian motorcycle manufacturer Benelli has donated a total of 2 ventilators and 4,500 Tyvek suits (a type of personal protective equipment or PPE for medical personnel) to the Italian Red Cross to help in the efforts in fighting the coronavirus.

“A small gesture to thank all the health workers involved in the front line in the great battle against Covid-19. United we will do it!” said Benelli.

In the same gesture, Yamaha Motor Manufacturing of America has also donated 380 respirators, 49,000 gloves, 325 Tyvek suits and 18,000 alcohol wipes to a hospital in Newnan, Georgia, USA. “The community of Newnan keeps Yamaha running and we are happy to be able to give back when we see an opportunity to help,” said Bob Brown, Vice President of Finance and Operations Support at Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Company.

Major motorcycle tire manufacturer, Pirelli, together with its partners, has also donated a total of $800,000, in addition to the 65 ventilators, 5,000 protectives suits, and 20,000 protective masks to local health care providers in Milan, Italy.

“In such a moment of great difficulty, we want to stand together with our region and the country,” said Marco Tronchetti Provera, executive vice-chairman and CEO of Pirelli.

“A thank-you to everyone who helped us in this undertaking,” added Provera.

In the Philippines, KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing, Inc. (KAMMI) partner Ayala Corp., has donated 10,000 pieces of N95 protective masks to public hospitals. The company has also allocated PhP2.4-billion for wages to assist employees and partner employers unable to work due to the lockdown imposed in Luzon.