Foxconn is partnering with medical device company Medtronic to produce ventilators at its during the , Medtronic boss Omar Ishrak told CNBC. He noted that the factory expects to make the lifesaving devices — based on its open-sourced PB-560 design — in the next four to six weeks.
“The medical and technical experts from both our companies are working closely to fast track the research and development and production processes so additional ventilators can be quickly produced to fight the current global pandemic,” a company spokesperson said.
Foxconn isn’t the only company pivoting to pandemic creates a shortage. Electric car company Tesla is making a component of a different Medtronic ventilator and that uses Model 3 parts, General Motors is working with ventilator company Ventec Life Systems to , and vacuum-maker Dyson has an order with the UK’s National Health Service for .production as the
The new strain of coronavirus, which can develop into a respiratory illness known as, was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December and has spread worldwide in the months since. As of Thursday morning, it had infected and caused over 88,000 deaths globally.
Foxconn’s factory at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park was meant to produce LCD screens when it opened in May, but Gov. Tony Evers last summer woo Foxconn to Wisconsin with the largest incentive in state history.about the number of jobs it’d create. The Democrat inherited the deal from Republican predecessor Scott Walker, who helped
Medtronic declined to add further comment.
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