CALL TO ACTION for Manufacturing companies to help hospitals in need

19 March 2020

*UPDATED 27 March 2020*

In this moment of public health emergency caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, the healthcare sector is facing unprecedented challenges.

In particular, the virus outbreak is causing severe shortages of critical medical equipment in hospitals or limited access to essential pieces, in particular valves or ventilators.

CECIMO, as the European association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies, including Additive Manufacturing was requested by the European Commission to address its membership and query if it would be able to aid in producing equipment (for instance, valves or ventilators) that hospitals are lacking due to the COVID19 outbreak in Europe. Consequently, CECIMO has decided to expand the call for action to all  companies, urging everybody who has the possibility to do so, to assist the needs of hospitals all over Europe.

Please find the full PRESS RELEASE at the bottom of the page.

*UPDATE 27-03-2020*: CECIMO is continuing to collect information from the interested companies via the Form below, contributing in coordinating the industry’s action with the European Commission.

Please note that as from yesterday you have the option to send your company’s details directly to the Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO), central gathering point for industry offers:

In the meantime, the commission has also made available a brand new webpage of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP): THE COVID-19 INDUSTRIAL CLUSTERS RESPONSE PORTAL:

The portal has been created to facilitate the interaction of the industrial cluster community to allow fast and direct responses within the community itself too. Its objective is twofold:

  • Serve as a one-stop shop where reliable information for industry, and especially industrial clusters, can be found on actions and decisions of the European Commission and the EU Member States impacting on the functioning of the Internal Market.
  • Support an open discussion forum where actors can share their experiences, solutions, requests and questions

All industry actors are welcome to channel their information, requests, and solutions in the open forum of the portal.


Description of ventilators here
*please note: other items and parts of medical equipment are needed, in addition to ventilators.

To connect with CECIMO and be part of this initiative please fill the following form: