With the spread of the epidemic in overseas countries, industrial production has been hit hard. In Europe, where the epidemic is severe, major factories and enterprises will gradually stop production and production, and switch to medical supplies and equipment needed for epidemic prevention and control.
According to foreign media reports, a few days ago, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess warned that the new crown virus crisis may force the company to shut down factories longer than originally planned.
Diss said on its social media: "Most of our factories will be closed for two weeks, and in some regions, factories will be closed for three weeks. These measures are likely to continue. The spread of the virus will not stop in the coming weeks. Therefore, we need to be prepared for this, and we may face this threat for a long time until we get an effective drug or vaccine. "
The Volkswagen Group has a large number of model brands, including Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat and Skoda. The factories scattered throughout Europe have also gradually closed due to the impact of the epidemic.
In addition, with the increase of confirmed cases, the epidemic prevention materials and equipment of the medical system in Europe are also facing a shortage. To this end, many car companies have announced that they will convert medical equipment and supplies, including ventilators, to support the epidemic prevention and control work in the medical sector.
According to Volkswagen's official introduction, it will join the ranks of other car manufacturers in the world and explore the use of 3D printers to create medical ventilators to fight the new crown virus.
Volkswagen said in a statement that the company has formed a working group that is testing materials and examining the supply chain to determine how to use 3D printing to make ventilators and other life-saving equipment.
At the same time, Volkswagen said that the project of converting ventilator is progressing rapidly. The company also printed prototypes of the equipment components, and said that the Skoda brand was also involved in the project.
Not only European car companies stopped production and switched to medical equipment. With the rapid growth of the epidemic in North America, American car companies including Tesla, GM, and Ford have also responded to the local government's appeal in preparation for the conversion of epidemic prevention medical equipment and supplies.