Fiat Chrysler to Convert Asian Plant to Produce Face Masks


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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said it would convert one of its factories to start producing face masks, which would be donated to health workers battling with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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Chief Executive Mike Manley said in a letter to employees, that the company would this week start the conversion of one of its plants to make face masks.

“We are working through the protocols to start production in the coming weeks and ultimately produce over a million face masks per month to donate to first responders and health care providers.’’

Company sources said the masks would be made in an Asian plant.

Due to the novel coronavirus crisis, the Italo-American car manufacturer has stopped production in both Europe and North America.

In Italy, the country that has been worst hit by the outbreak, FCA and Ferrari are helping Italian medical company Siare Engineering boost its production of ventilators.

Noting this, Manley said: “Being able to direct our resources to supporting those most in need makes me proud to be part of this company.’’

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