The European Commission (EC) and the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries (CECIMO) is calling on additive manufacturing (AM) companies to help produce equipment for hospitals following the coronavirus outbreak.

In particular, there are severe shortages or limited access to critical medical equipment such as valves or ventilators, the association said.

‘I believe that the manufacturing sector can play an important role in sustaining the effort of hospital workers in the middle of this emergency,’ said Filip Geerts, CECIMO director general, ‘However, it is in the best interest of all to clarify the regulatory issues in order to move forward quickly and in a way that is not going to delay immediate actions.’

The EC has also set up the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) with a website that can be found here.

To offer help, companies can email the commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO) or fill in the form on the CECIMO website.

This story uses material from CECIMO, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.