Joint Statement on Collaboration to Increase Ventilator Production

Ruben Fields
March 24, 2020

General Motors (GM) began a systematic shutdown of its manufacturing operations in North America last March 18 until the end of the month in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. President Donald Trump urged the former along with GM and Tesla to "make ventilators and other metal products" as soon as possible, though experts have questioned whether automakers themselves can do much to combat the ventilator shortage.

General Motors stated it was collaborating with Ventec Life Systems to allow the medical device maker to leverage the US automaker's logistics and expertise to construct more ventilators.

GM and Ventec are partnering on Project V, an effort to accelerate the production and increase the volume of respirator production to help fight the coronavirus.

In a statement, Volkswagen said it had assembled a task force, was testing materials and checking supply chains to see how it can use 3D printing to help manufacture hospital ventilators and other life-saving equipment.

"We are working closely with Ventec to rapidly scale up production of their critically important respiratory products to support our nation's battle against the COVID-19 pandemic", GM CEO Mary Barra stated.

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"As part of those efforts, GM is exploring the feasibility to build ventilators for Ventec at a GM facility in Kokomo, Indiana", he added.

"With GM's help, Ventec will increase ventilator production", said Chris Kiple, Ventec Life Systems CEO. To support these efforts, StopTheSpread.org is continuing to unite business leaders across the country to collect resources to complement and support government efforts.

"We will continue to explore ways to help in this time of crisis", Barra added. "By tapping their expertise, GM is enabling us to get more ventilators to more hospitals much faster".

According to Reuters, FCA is in talks with Siare Engineering, the largest ventilator manufacturer in Italy. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla and SpaceX employees were "working on fans, quot; and, despite a tweet from Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio That the machines were definitely necessary, Musk did not provide further details on when or where his companies would produce the machines".

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