News > Nissan to make face shields for health care workers
Several automakers across the world have started making medical equipment like face masks, face shields and ventilators to help the government and health sectors to fight against the Coronavirus. The Japanese carmaker will begin making protective face shields for health care workers in Japan who are on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19.
Nissan said that the production will start this month at the Nissan Technical Center, the Nissan Research Center, and the company’s Yokohama Plant with an objective to make 2,500 shields per month.
It further added that the Nissan group will leveraging expertise gained through vehicle engineering and production, using existing assets, and cooperating with governments and related parties in each country.
Nissan is studying ways to support companies that manufacture ventilators and artificial heart-lung machines by proposing improvements to manufacturing procedures, providing working space or manpower to help companies step up production, and supplying parts that are in shortage.
The carmaker has already started similar initiatives in other regions. In the U.S, the company is making protective face shields for health care workers in Michigan, Mississippi and Tennessee.
In the U.K, a team of volunteers from the Nissan Sunderland Plant have been supporting the delivery of protective face shields. More than 77 000 shields will leave the plant by the end of this week, and from next week, up to 100 000 shields will be distributed weekly. Nissan provided additional funds for an injection molding tool that greatly increases the number of shields produced.
In Spain, Nissan is beginning production of medical respirators in collaboration with Hospital de Sant Pau, the engineering company QEV Technology and the Eurecat technology center. Manufacturing of the respirators will begin this week at the Nissan’s Powertrain Plant in Barcelona.
The Nissan group will continue efforts to support measures against the spread of COVID-19, leveraging expertise gained through vehicle engineering and production, using existing assets, and cooperating with governments and related parties in each country.