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Automakers join the fight against coronavirus

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Automakers join the fight against coronavirus Donald Trump, who last week criticized for inaction and urged General Motors Co to immediately begin production of ventilators to combat the pandemic, today abruptly changed his position and praised the automaker. «General Motors […]

Automakers join the fight against coronavirus

Donald Trump, who last week criticized for inaction and urged General Motors Co to immediately begin production of ventilators to combat the pandemic, today abruptly changed his position and praised the automaker.

«General Motors does a fantastic job. I don’t think we need to worry about corporate actions», – he said.

The U.S. President on Friday referred to the Defense Manufacturing Act (DPA), saying GM wastes time in futile negotiations instead of taking action. However, at that time, GM had already announced the launch of operational production of ventilators..

On Sunday, the corporation published photos of the ventilator production process at its Kokomo plant in Indiana..

GM’s chief manufacturer, Gerald Johnson, said the company expects to hit 10,000 units a month by summer..

«We expect the first batch of ventilators to be ready by mid-April at the latest.», – he noted, explaining that ventilators will require US regulatory approval, significant testing and training for over a thousand workers to assemble them..

At the same time, according to a representative of the automaker, the company is doing a project «at cost» and will not profit from it.

Automakers join the fight against coronavirus

The total project cost is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars.

GM’s idea of ​​ventilating was first mentioned on March 18 when White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow spoke about his conversation with GM CEO Mary Barra on the topic.. 

Many other automakers have also said they are working on ventilators, masks, and other medical equipment.. Ford Motors says it has done everything it can to accelerate its ventilator assembly efforts. Toyota Motor Corp works with «at least two companies that make ventilators and respirators to help increase their capacity».

Also, GM this week will begin producing surgical masks at a plant in Michigan and expects to produce 50 thousand per day by mid-April..