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From left to right: president Port Authority Las Palmas, Luis Á. Ibarra; chairman La Fundación Caja de Canarias, Blas Trujillo; corporate manager Bankia Islas Canarias, Federico Navarro; commercial director Bankia Islas Canarias, Mercedes Ballester.

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Joint initiative within its annual collaboration

Bankia and the Fundación Caja de Canarias buy ten 3D printers that manufacture face masks against Covid-19

The financial institution and the Foundation invest 10,000 euros in the acquisition of printers that will produce 2,000 screens per month and that are already installed in the León Pier and the Castle of Puerto de La Luz and Las Palmas.
 

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By  Communication Bankia

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15 May 2020 - 15:00

  • The financial institution and the Foundation invest 10,000 euros in the purchase of printers that will produce 2,000 face masks per month and that are already installed at the Muelle León and Castillo del Puerto of La Luz and Las Palmas
  • The protective equipment will be allocated to the main hospitals of Gran Canaria, including the Doctor Negrín University Hospital of Gran Canaria and the University Hospital of Gran Canaria, as well as to the employees of Puertos de Las Palmas, port companies and Local NGOs
  • The initiative was presented at an event at the headquarters of SEPCAN by the corporate director of Bankia in the Islas Canarias, Federico Navarro; the chairman of the Fundación Caja de Canarias, Blas Trujillo; and the president of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, Luis Ángel Ibarra

Bankia and the Fundación Caja de Canarias have invested 10,000 euros in the purchase of ten 3D printers that manufacture effective face masks against Covid-19 and will be allocated to the main hospitals of Gran Canaria.

The ten 3D printers are already installed at the SEPCAN headquarters in the Muelle León and Castillo del Puerto of Las Palmas, a company that has put its staff at the disposal of the initiative to prepare the face masks, while they are already in production and tested satisfactorily at some health centres in Las Palmas.

The initiative was presented at a public event at the headquarters of SEPCAN, attended by the corporate director of Bankia in the Islas Canarias, Federico Navarro; the chairman of the Fundación Caja de Canarias, Blas Trujillo; and the president of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, Luis Ángel Ibarra. The event was also attended by the sales manager of Bankia in Canarias, Mercedes Ballester.

The monthly production of face masks will be at least 2,000 units, already taking orders from the Doctor Negrín University Hospital of Gran Canaria and the Insular University Hospital of Gran Canaria, as well as other social, health and local centres, as well as employees of Puertos de Las Palmas and port companies. All this under the coordination of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, currently the most important port in West Africa and a major driver of economic development and employment on the Island.

The president of the Fundación Caja de Canarias has expressed his satisfaction with the acquisition of these printers "since this is our grain of sand to fight against coronavirus". He also wanted to express his gratitude to the company SEPCAN, which "has offered its facilities in a completely altruistic manner, so that its personnel can manufacture these protective screens that are so necessary for the safety of medical personnel".

The corporate manager of Bankia in the Islas Canarias stressed “the importance of this new collaboration with La Fundación Caja de Canarias and the Port Authority of Las Palmas at a time as decisive and complex as the current one in which it is essential to appreciate the work of the medical staff and to respond to the needs of the hospitals of Gran Canaria and, also, of the Port, so important for the economy of the Island”.

For his part, the president of the Port Authority of Las Palmas expressed his gratitude once more to the La Fundación Caja de Canarias, Bankia and SEPCAN, since, he said, “this is about distributing a significant number of individual masks, not just to meet the health demand, which is so important, but also for the workers of the port companies and consignees, who are always on the front lines. This is a very important task for everyone to end the pandemic”.

Regarding the need to manufacture face masks, the printers will be donated by Bankia and the La Fundación Caja de Canarias to public institutions and NGOs to cover other needs that may arise.

This collaboration is part of the annual collaboration between Bankia and the La Fundación Caja de Canarias, thanks to the fact that both are launching social and environmental projects that improve the quality of life of the Islas Canarias and that foster the local and cultural development of the Islas Canarias .

Bankia

Bankia consolidates and reinforces its commitment to society through five priority lines of social action: employment and training, housing, local and rural development, disability and the environment. The financial institution focuses its social investment on these areas and maintains its commitment to society through the involvement of its entire structure and professionals. The Responsible Management policy is all-encompassing and approachable, as it aligns the bank's social actions with its goals. Thus, Bankia makes a priority contribution to five of the 17 SDGs: Action for Climate (SDG 13), Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Quality Education (SDG 4), Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11) and SDG 17, and Partnerships to Achieve the Objectives, which is related to all the above.

La Fundación Caja de Canarias

The Foundation thus renews its primary objective as a social entity, focusing on the results of its management in Canarian society for more than 15 years, continuing the Social Work of La Caja, approaching the entities that know the issues of social exclusion and how to promote employment and training for these disadvantaged groups, giving priority to the most urgent and necessary actions of our time.

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