In France, Groupe PSA has joined forces with Valeo, Schneider Electric and Air Liquide with the aim of producing 10,000 Medical Systems respirators in response to the French government request.
The companies have set up a Task Force composed of about 30 purchasing and industrialization experts in order to define an action plan to increase the production of Air Liquide Medical Systems respirators.
To meet this industrial challenge, the exceptional contribution of 100 partner companies will also be sought so as to provide the 300 essential components that are necessary for the fabrication of these medical systems.
Groupe PSA is also creating a specific workshop at its factory in the city of Poissy with more than fifty volunteer employees. In a press statement, Groupe PSA says: ‘In order to also provide human support to Air Liquide to strengthen its production, Groupe PSA will offer to volunteer employees of its Research and Development site to join the Air Liquide factory in Velizy to join Air Liquide factory.”
In the UK, Uber says it will cover free meals and trips to National Health Service staff, helping reduce the pressure on those working on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. The free rides and meals can be claimed by anyone with an NHS email address, including many of the 300,000 nurses in the UK.
Uber Eats will also cover NHS staff with vouchers so they can use to buy a meal from thousands of restaurants and convenience stores in more than 150 towns and cities across the UK.
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber says: “The incredible nurses, doctors and support staff of the NHS are doing heroic work at the forefront of this crisis, and everyone at Uber thanks them for their extraordinary efforts. We hope we can help in a small way with meals and transportation as they work tirelessly day and night.”
Matt Hancock, UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, adds: “Everyone has a role to play in our national effort to help the NHS tackle coronavirus, so it’s great to see Uber playing their part by offering meals and trips to work for our brilliant NHS staff.”
Health workers in London can also use JUMP bikes free of charge to get to and from work.
Uber says JUMP is now prioritising its service for NHS workers to ensure they can safely park the bikes near hospitals to ensure their journey to work is as easy as possible.
Meanwhile, in Italy, Automobili Lamborghini is converting departments of its super sports car production in Sant’Agata Blognese in order to produce surgical masks and protective plexiglass shields. The masks will be donated to the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in the city of Bologna to be used in the fight against the pandemic.
Stefano Domenicali, Chairman of Automobili Lamborghini comments: “We will win this battle together by working in union, supporting those who are the forefront of fighting this pandemic every day.”
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