Trump Urges Automakers to Start Making Ventilators

It seems unlikely that an automobile manufacturer would make a ventilator for a novel coronavirus patient. But in fact, they may be well suited to mass production of highly complex medical equipment, which is in desperate shortage.

Think of the carmakers’ vast supply chains, staffed by skilled engineers. They are used to producing to strict standards and sometimes use “clean rooms” in factories. There are even similarities between some parts of a ventilator and a car, such as a hose.

Days after ford motor Co. and general motors Co. said they would help produce the emergency equipment, Mr. Trump stepped up the pressure and on Friday used federal authority to speed production.

General motors must immediately reopen the plant it foolishly abandoned in lordstown, Ohio, or something else. Anyway, we’ve got to start making ventilators, now! Ford, build the ventilator!! General motors @ford motor company
— Donald j. trump, March 27, 2020

In any case, carmakers now have no choice. Days after ford motor Co. and general motors Co. said they would help produce the emergency equipment, Mr. Trump stepped up the pressure and on Friday used federal authority to speed production.

Even with a simplified product, there are still doubts about whether the carmakers will be able to do their part to make these medical devices, especially if they are a little unfamiliar to them.

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