CoolDrive has been playing a core role in distributing PPE developed by Supercars team, Erebus Motorsport

CoolDrive is utilising its extensive distribution network to deliver important medical infrastructure that has been produced within the motorsport industry.
The company has also quickly embraced a raft of changes to its health and safety practices, while also using its far-reaching network to inform the entire automotive collective of the latest information pertinent to the industry.
“CoolDrive’s focus is 100 percent on the health and welfare of everyone in the community; from our customers, to our staff and beyond,” CoolDrive Chief Executive Officer, John Blanchard, said.
“We are a family owned business and so many of our customers are other family businesses, so we understand the impact COVID-19 is having. That’s why we have instigated a number of important changes to the way we interact within the business, and with other businesses, to minimise the effects of COVID-19 for everyone.
“We’re proud, too, to have a role in the distribution of thousands of face shields around the country as well as the E-aerosol negative pressure box which will potentially help prevent the infection of our critical health care professionals.”
CoolDrive has drawn on its fleet of more than 70 vans and 30 branches to distribute the new personal protection equipment (PPE) face shields and E-aerosol boxes which have been developed by Supercars team, Erebus Motorsport.
Initially, twenty prototype units of the E-aerosol – a protective Perspex box designed to sit over a patient’s head and upper chest whilst they are lying on a stretcher or bed – were shipped to the most critically in-need hospitals and health care institutions by CoolDrive.
“The first trial batch was distributed to Adelaide, Hobart and Ballarat (Victoria) via our Melbourne head office. Such was the success, that (as of early May), we have delivered 70 boxes of the E-aerosol to around 45 hospitals around the country,” John said.
The E-aerosol box was designed by Erebus Motorsport in conjunction with Supercars’ Medical Delegate, Dr Carl Le.
Meanwhile after just a few short weeks in development, the Erebus Face Shields (e-masks) – the brainchild of Erebus Motorsport engineer Mirko De Rosa – are now also providing healthcare workers with much needed protection on the front line. The team, together with CoolDrive, have so far distributed a total of 12,000 face shields around Australia.
“Our staff have done a tremendous job in delivering the Erebus Face Shields to those most in need. So far, some 118 hospitals have each taken receipt of the Face Shields and we are committed to contributing our services to this cause for as long as needed,” John said.
“The Erebus team have done a wonderful job at stepping up and bringing together the community as we unite to fight COVID-19. I am immensely proud of everyone who has been part of this initiative.”
CoolDrive remains open to service its customers in line with the advice from the relevant Government and Health Authorities.
Sourcing product from around the world, CoolDrive anticipates that any region-based restrictions will only affect some product lines. It is constantly monitoring these supply issues for any potential delays that could affect the supply chain.

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