10 manufacturers providing COVID-19 pandemic support
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world, we take a look at 10 manufacturing companies and the relief support they are providing globally.
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10 | BYD
To “help alleviate severe shortages that have affected hospitals and agencies across China in the face of the global COVID-19 outbreak,” Build Your Dreams (BYD), has begun the production of 5 million face masks, as well as working to produce up to 500,000 bottles of disinfectant per day.
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9 | Dyson
In a consortium led by Airbus, Dyson has committed to the production of 30,000 medical ventilators with production starting imminently, following the finalisation of the plans to supply the devices to the NHS.
Dyson has received orders of 10,000 ventilators which they will build from scratch. In a letter to the staff at Dyson, the founder of the company Sir James Dyson, stated the “race is now on to get it into production,” with promises to donate 5,000 machines to the international efforts.
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8 | Fiat Chrysler
Fiat Chrysler, the Italian car manufacturer, has committed to manufacturing one million face masks a month and distribute them to the United States emergency services to fight against the pandemic.
“Production capacity is being installed this week and the company will start manufacturing face masks in the coming weeks with initial distribution across the United States, Canada and Mexico,” said Fiat Chrysler in a company statement.
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7 | Formula 1
In the fight against COVID-19, it is expected that the UK will need 20,000 ventilators. Formula 1 has committed to help facilitate the manufacturing of the much-needed ventilators.
“We are working in coordination with a number of our fellow Formula 1 teams on the feasibility of supporting the production of ventilators, in response to the UK government’s request to industry for help. This is an ongoing assessment but the teams and Formula 1 are acting in concert to make a positive contribution to the cause," commented Formula 1 in a company statement.
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6 | LVMH
With the current shortage of hydroalcoholic gel in France, LVMH has been instructed by Bernard Arnalt to manufacture as much gel that is needed to support the public authorities and will continue to honour its commitments for as long as necessary.
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5 | Ford
This week it was announced that Ford Motor Company is partnering with 3M, to increase the production of 3M’s powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR).
"We’re exploring all available opportunities to further expand 3M’s capacity and get healthcare supplies as quickly as possible to where they’re needed most – which includes partnering with other great companies like Ford," commented Mike Roman, 3M chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer.
"3M is providing vital personal protective equipment for medical workers and we’ve empowered our engineers and designers to move as quickly as possible to help 3M grow PAPR production using common parts to speed this up. We are also volunteering our facilities for additional production,” said Jim Hackett, Ford's president and CEO.
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4 | Tesla
Also looking to lend a helping hand, Tesla has committed to manufacture ventilators if their manufacturing services are required “We will make ventilators if there is a shortage,” said Elon Musk on Twitter.
The company also recently brought 1,200 ventilators, shipping them to Los Angeles.
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3 | General Motors
General Motors - who contributed significantly to war efforts during world war II with the production of planes and tanks - is currently in talks with the US government to determine the ways in which they can help with the production of ventilators.
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2 | Nissan
Currently, within the UK there is a shortage of ventilators, and with the current total of UK cases reaching 9,529, there is an urgent need for more.
Auto manufacturer Nissan - alongside Meggitt and McLaren - has joined a consortium founded in response to the UK Prime Minister's prevention strategy to manufacture 5,000 more ventilators as soon as possible, with ambitions to manufacture 30,000 which is expected to begin within one month.
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1 | Brewdog
Committed to working round the clock, UK company Brewdrog has committed to addressing the hand sanitizer shortage in the country.
“We are determined to do everything we can to try and help as many people as possible stay safe,” commented James Watt, founder of Brewdog.
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