Coronavirus: Carmakers answer pleas to make medical supplies

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24th March, 2020 10:51:40 printer

Coronavirus: Carmakers answer pleas to make medical supplies

 

Carmakers are answering calls from governments to help make more ventilators and face masks to help out during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday Fiat began converting one of its car plants in China to start making about one million masks a month.

The carmaker wants to start production in the coming weeks, wrote its chief executive Mike Manley in an email.

Other major automakers are looking at ways they can shift manufacturing towards ventilators.

General Motors, Ford and Tesla in the US have all pledged their support to offer resources to make more ventilators, along with Japanese carmaker Nissan and Formula 1 teams in the UK.

Major car plants in the US, Europe and Asia have halted production to try to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. But they are still pledging to help make ventilators and other vital medical equipment, reports BBC.

US President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday: "Ford, General Motors and Tesla are being given the go ahead to make ventilators and other metal products, FAST! Go for it auto execs, let's see how good you are?"

 


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