Over 60 firms have replied to the request by the government to assist in the production of 20,000 air-conditioners to manage coronavirus sufferers.
The latest firm to come out is Vauxhall with Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover also stating they will offer assistance.
Vauxhall has volunteered to assist with the additive manufacturing and the production of the important tools. The vehicle firm, that is presently possessed by the French automotive leader PSA, will operate from technical designs and blueprints offered by the government.
According to the Department of Health, the NHS might need about 20,000 extra fans. It presently has 5,000 ventilators for adults and 900 for kids.
Ellesmere Port plant of Vauxhall is among some of the PSA’s European factories that has closed because of the Covid-19. Ellesmere Port is expected to stay closed till 27th March at the earliest.
Speaking in an announcement, the firm stated: “Due to the acceleration observed in recent days of serious COVID-19 cases close to certain production sites, supply disruptions from major suppliers, as well as the sudden decline in the automobile markets, the chairman of the executive board with the members of the crisis unit, decided the principle of the closure of the vehicle production sites, according to the following schedule and until March 27.”
Luton plant of Vauxhall that hosts the Vivaro van, is set to shut down tomorrow, 19th March.
The closing of the Ellesmere Port plan will clear up the capacity to make fans.
Head of government relationships at Vauxhall, Helen Foord has stated this: “We are experts at assembly and efficient mass production; we know how to process and we know how to make it lean. We’ve offered our services as an assembly plant and we have 3D-printing capability at Ellesmere Port, too.”
According to a professor of business economics at Birmingham University, David Bailey, it might take time for carmakers to be in a state to create the air-conditioners.
Here is what he said: “What’s most likely is that if there’s a manufacturer already making ventilators that wants to work 24/7, other manufacturers could help in terms of staff, components, and supply chains, supporting them in that way. Technicians could be redeployed to operate machinery on different production lines where there are similar manufacturing processes in place. Longer-term it might be about production lines but it would take a while to tool up. The issues will be supply chains. Where are these components coming from and if there is disruption, can they be purchased locally instead?”