(Reuters) – Auto companies and suppliers around the world are ramping up production of critical healthcare products and machines – everything from cloth face masks to sophisticated ventilator systems – to meet a critical shortage of those items at hospitals and care facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.
Here is a look at what some companies have announced.
General Motors Co
Ford Motor Co
Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> said it is finalising deals with at least two companies to help increase production of ventilators and respirators. It expects to begin mass-producing 3D-printed face shields next week, and is seeking partners to make filters for face masks.
FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV
China’s BYD Co <002594.SZ> said it had opened the world’s largest face mask plant in China, making 5 million masks a day, plus 300,000 bottles of disinfectant.
The joint venture between SAIC Motor Corp Ltd <600104.SS>, GM and Wuling <0305.HK> is converting one of its China plants to make face masks and is building additional machines to increase mask production.
GAC <601238.SS> is converting one of its China plants to make face masks.
Mahindra CIE Automotive Ltd
(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Matthew Lewis)