Another carmaker is stepping up its efforts to help authorities in their fight against COVID-19. This time, it’s Nissan that’s saying it will soon begin manufacturing face shields to protect frontliners in Japan.
The carmaker says it can make 2,500 face shields a month, with production starting at the brand’s Nissan Technical Center, Nissan Research Center, and Yokohama manufacturing facility. On top of this, Nissan says it is studying how to aid companies that manufacture medical equipment such as ventilators and artificial heart-lung machines by providing its expertise and maybe even working spaces or manpower.
This is hardly the Japanese carmaker’s first time lending a helping hand during this pandemic. In the UK, volunteers from the Nissan Sunderland Plant are already supporting personal protective equipment deliveries. In Spain, meanwhile, the company is starting to produce medical respirators at its Barcelona facility.
“The Nissan group will continue efforts to support measures against the spread of COVID19, leveraging expertise gained through vehicle engineering and production, using existing assets, and cooperating with governments and related parties in each country,” the company said in a statement.
Nissan’s latest announcement couldn’t have come at a better time, as the Japanese government is expected to declare a nationwide state of emergency soon. Over 9,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus so far.