After both Ford and General Motors have followed U.S President Donald Trump’s orders to produce ventilators for the patients of Coronavirus Disease COVID-19, another automaker has answered the appeal of humanity to help the patients infected with coronavirus, which has become a global pandemic.
We are talking about an official decision made by the French PSA Group, which owns Peugeot, Citroen and DS Automobiles, to produce parts for ventilators.
According to what Auto News website has published, the PSA Group will work with the medical equipment companies; Air Liquide Medical Systems, Schneider Electric, and Valeo, to help create ventilators. These devices have become essential in the medical efforts to treat the people infected with coronavirus, as 30% of COVID-19 hospitalized patients are likely to require mechanical ventilation.
Especially that coronavirus invading Europe, as France recorded 3,523 deaths as of yesterday, and the number of infected cases reached 52,128 people.
The PSA group will be able to produce 10,000 ventilator until mid-May, God willing.
Our information indicates that the PSA Group has used Poissy plant with over fifty volunteer employees to build mechanical components of the ventilators, while the final assembly of the devices will take place in the nearby Air Liquide plant located in Anthony, France.
In addition, an opportunity will be provided for another 50 PSA employees working at the automaker’s technology center in Velizy.to join volunteer work at the Air Liquide plant just a few kilometers away from their official job site.
Just as a reminder, a large group of other car manufacturers around the world also play their role in fighting Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19, for example, BYD, FCA, McLaren, Tesla, and Volkswagen have all announced plans to build medical equipment.
The Italian automaker Lamborghini also announced that parts of its plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese would be dedicated to producing masks and face shields for health care workers at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna