Previously, Chinese companies such as SAIC-GM-Wuling, BYD, and GAC Group have gradually transformed their production of masks in the face of epidemic spread and shortage of medical supplies. At present, European and American car companies have followed suit.
Affected by the epidemic, Fiat Chrysler is investing resources to expedite the production of masks, and recently announced that it will provide a total of 1 million masks per month, including the United States, Canada and Mexico. At the same time, GM also launched the "Project V" program, which will produce medical ventilator together with medical equipment manufacturer Ventec, the scale will reach 200,000 units. GM currently has 95% of the parts needed to manufacture the ventilator, but it is unclear how long it will take to produce a complete ventilator. Production should begin as early as April 6.
Fiat Chrysler spokesman Shawn Morgan said in a statement that the company chose to build a mask factory in China because "the fastest way to provide rescue to the first U.S. rescuers and paramedics is to use A factory is operating. "It is reported that recently, in order to prevent the epidemic from spreading again, FCA has temporarily stopped production at most of its plants in North America and Europe.
In addition, it is understood that Fiat Chrysler has begun to install a production line in a factory in China this week, and the mask production capacity will gradually rise to 1 million per month in the next few weeks. Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley said: "Protecting our emergency and paramedics has never been more important than it is now. It is clear that the need for masks is very urgent. We have mobilized the resources of the FCA Group and will immediately focus on Put it on the production line for masks and support those who need the most help on the front lines of the epidemic. "
In addition to masks, ventilators are also urgently needed in the United States. Prior to this, Andrew Cummer, Governor of New York State, said at a press conference that there is an extreme shortage of ventilators in New York. There are only 5,000 to 6,000 ventilators in New York, but a total of 30,000 Taiwan, is sourcing from the world.
To this end, Fiat Chrysler is negotiating with Siare Engineering, Italy's largest ventilator manufacturer, to help the latter double its much-needed ventilator production during the crisis. McKinsey said that FCA's engineers and manufacturing team are working with Ferrari to help Siare Engineering more than double its production capacity.