Cycle garment brand Alé Cycling has put its facilities at the service of a well-known Italian company for the sewing and packing of medical coats.
Medical coats made at the apparel firm’s facilities at Bonferraro di Sorgà, Verona, North Italy, are being donated to hospitals and doctors engaged in the fight against Covid-19. These medical garments are certified EU 1196200141 for protection from biological agents.
For now, the project is a small contribution, said Alé brand owner APG CEO Alessia Piccolo, but there is the potential for the firm to do more: “95% of our production of cycling garments takes place in Italy, in our factories in Bonferraro near Verona. We have a state-of-the-art facility that, at times like this, it is our duty to make available for the community. These medical coats are a small step, but they make us infinitely proud.
“The pandemic highlighted how, for example from the medical supply point of view, the Italian supply chain represented the real weak link in the chain. Today, I’m ready to make our factories available, from cutting, sewing, packaging and printing, to meet the most urgent needs, as we have done for these suits.
“Alé, though, can do much more but the industry needs to get back on track. Indeed, our economy must restart immediately. Our factory and our facilities are already equipped with all the necessary features to be able to do it. Only in this way will we be able to work and further help and get out of this emergency quickly”.
Alé – which recently launched a “Draw the jersey of champions” with Movistar – is not the only manufacturer switching production to materials and products to help healthcare professionals in the scramble for PPE, with the likes of Santini turning to production of surgical masks.
European bike manufacturers, like Gazelle and Orbea, have recommenced production, in the Netherlands and Spain respectively.