Stopped because of the new coronavirus, vehicle factories in the country may start to manufacture hospital products to help fight the pandemic, such as respirators and ventilators.
Second the newspaper O Globo, which cites the National Association of Automotive Vehicle Manufacturers (Anfavea), automakers and government officials have already started talks about adapting the factories. A similar movement is already taking place in other countries, such as the United Kingdom and Germany.
Vehicle manufacturers in Brazil are paralyzing their activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 35 units in the country, out of the 65 existing, have stopped production. More than 100 thousand workers are on collective vacation, leave or temporary suspension of the employment contract.
3D printers can be used
Assemblers could use 3D printers to produce hospital supplies, which would then be completed by specialized companies.
According to the newspaper, Fiat Chrysler confirmed that it was participating in discussions at the state and federal levels to assess how it could contribute. GM, Ford and Mercedes-Benz also showed interest in making the equipment.
Some companies have put their fleets to help transport workers in the interior of the country, alcohol gel and medical equipment.
Conversations with the Brazilian Industrial Development Agency (ABDI), an agency linked to the Ministry of Economy for industrial policies, are said to be in progress.
According to the Ministry of Health, the number of cases of the new coronavirus in Brazil is 2,201, with 46 deaths.