Toyota Ready to Join Other Car Manufacturers for Medical Equipment Production

March 29, 2020

Toyota Ready to Join Other Car Manufacturers for Medical Equipment Production

Toyota is preparing to lend a helping hand to overcome COVID-19 which will reach more than 100,000 cases in the United States. Recently the Japanese carmaker announced a series of initiatives to help those in need by distributing essential supplies and equipment.

First and foremost, this company works to produce 3D printed face shields. Mass production is scheduled to begin early next week and the first unit will be sent to hospitals in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Texas.

Ventilators and masks are also in great demand, so Toyota also works on both lines. The company says they are ready to produce masks, but they are looking for partners to filter. Toyota also completed agreements with two companies so they could help it increase ventilator and respirator production.

Toyota also offers their engineering and manufacturing knowledge to help companies increase production of supplies and other medical equipment. They also work with hospitals and communities to help organize drive through test sites.

On top of all these efforts, Toyota has donated masks, safety goggles, gloves and other equipment to hospitals and first responders. The company also contributes to fast-food banks because more than three million Americans have lost their jobs.

Talking about food, Sand Mountain Toyota has stepped in to help the Albertville, Alabama community by providing free lunch for K-12 students. Three days a week, dealers provide hundreds of hot dogs and hamburgers to feed students who usually get free lunch from schools that are now closed due to coronavirus outbreaks.

Toyota is not alone in helping because Mercedes also offers help to produce medical equipment on their 3D printers. The company's production and supply chain boss, Jörg Burzer, said "With our highly competent team and years of experience in 3D printing technology, we are ready to contribute to producing medical devices."

Mercedes does not have a definite plan at the moment, but they are in contact with the government of the state of Baden-Württemberg and want to hear from the medical technology sector because their 3D printers are definitely available and ready to use.

Likewise with the others, GM is preparing to make surgical masks and ventilators. Likewise, Ford is exploring ventilator production and making full face shields for medical workers and first responders. FCA also helps because they plan to make more than one million face masks every month.