March 23, 2020 / 5:00 PM / 9 days ago

GM eyes building ventilators to fight coronavirus outbreak at its Indiana plant

DETROIT, March 23 (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Monday it is studying the feasibility of building ventilators under its partnership with Ventec Life Systems at the No. 1 U.S. automaker’s Kokomo, Indiana, plant to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.

As part of the effort to boost ventilator output from Ventec, GM has arranged for the supply of 95% of the parts needed to build the ventilator and is seeking to source the remaining 37 necessary parts, according to an email to suppliers from Shilpan Amin, GM’s vice president of global purchasing.

The goal of the venture is to build up to 200,000 ventilators, said people familiar with the plans who asked not to be identified. (Reporting by Ben Klayman Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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