TopCoronavirus: businesses changing production lines to fight the pandemic

Production pivots to beat COVID-19


As the coronavirus pandemic escalates, many manufacturing companies across the globe are changing what they make to help battle the disease. Click or scroll through as we take a look at the companies whose factories are now on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19.

Motor industry makes ventilators and face shields

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In the UK, a consortium including Ford, Rolls-Royce, plane manufacturer Airbus and the Formula 1 racing teams are manufacturing ventilators for the National Health Service. The group, called VentilatorChallengeUK, has received an order for more than 15,000 machines based on an existing design by UK company Smiths Group. In Spain, SEAT is making ventilators using adapted windscreen wiper motors (pictured).

Global carmakers producing face masks


Companies around the globe are also falling over each other to produce or donate protective face masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). In the US, Ford, General Motors and Tesla have already built and sent out face shields for hospital staff while Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has delivered one million masks. Chinese automaker BYD has also retooled its manufacturing facilities to produce five million masks per day, which makes it the world's number one producer. The firm is also making 300,000 bottles of sanitiser gel each day.