Car companies making equipment for Coronavirus patients

GM makes masks for coronavirus protection

General Motors and some Formula 1 teams have committed resources to make ventilators for severe sufferers of the Coronavirus. David Brown reports that others are getting on board with more products.

While General Motors has been harassed about how quickly they can get production of ventilators, they will also convert their closed Warren plant to mass-produce surgical masks, an employee-led initiative in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Production will ramp-up to make 50,000 masks per day within two weeks. It hopes eventually to make 100,000 masks per day based on material availability.

Ford aims to partner with GE Healthcare to expand production of GE’s ventilators and will also make face shields for first responders to use with N95 respirator masks.

Toyota will help some companies increase production of ventilators and respirators, it will mass-produce 3D-printed face shields, and also hopes to make filters for face masks.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto