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FUSO to Support Vehicle Warranty Extensions in MENA


FUSO is now offering extended warranties to customers in the MENA region as part of a worldwide assistance program designed to help meet challenges brought on by COVID-19. Any FUSO truck, bus or engine with a warranty expiring between March 15 to May 15, 2020, is now valid for an additional two months of warranty coverage.

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Guidelines and Best Practices for Creating a Safe Working Environment


The Alliance for Automotive Innovation and Original Equipment Suppliers Association has published recommendations on best practices for creating a safe working environment. This resource has been developed collectively by motor vehicle manufactueres and suppliers to assist with specific issues posed by COVID-19.

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Aston Martin starts making PPE for frontline workers


The British luxury carmaker has joined other global automotive brands in providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline workers during the Coronavirus crisis. Aston Martin is working on a new respiratory protection device, protective visors and gowns for NHS workers.

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Korean automaker Kia Motors says it will make 200,000 a month to fight COVID-19


Kia Motors delivers 15,000 medical use face shields to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and will be gradually increasing production, ultimately reaching a capacity of 200,000 units per month.

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Dubai Chamber organizes an online training course on the safety of commercial vehicle drivers


The online workshop was organized by the Chamber's Sustainability Network and focused on the health and safety of commercial drivers during COVID-19. Topics such as infection control strategy, personal protection equipment, vehicle sanitization methods, and communication tools for companies were discussed.

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Ventilator from old car parts? The members of a prize-winning girls' robotics team are involved in project


Afghanistan's prize-winning girls' robotics team say they're on a live-saving mission - to build a ventilator from used car parts and help their war-stricken country battle the virus. "If we even save one life with our device, we will be proud,'' said Somaya Farooqi, 17.

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Buzzing Wristbands Will Help Ford Workers Keep Their Distance


Ford is turning to technology in its attempt to safeguard workers from the coronavirus pandemic. The preemptive measure involves a small number of volunteers trialing a wristband that vibrates when they get within six feet of each other. According to the Bloomberg report, the volunteers are testing the technology at one of Ford's factories in Plymouth, Michigan.

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Ferrari's Latest Project Is Way More Important Than Supercars


Ferrari has begun producing specialist valves to convert snorkel masks into respirators, and the completed masks are now being delivered to hospitals across Italy. The idea for doing so originally came from a group of Italian engineers and it's proven successful enough to be adopted in other countries who are also dealing with a lack of respirators. Ferrari is producing these valves by utilizing its 3D printing technologies.

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BASF Donates Millions Of Protective Masks


Donating 100 million protective masks to Germany as part of the company’s Helping Hands campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic, BASF will also donate one million masks to the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, where its corporate headquarters is located. The masks will be purchased in China and prepared for shipment to Germany.

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Interior Supplier to Rolls-Royce and Porsche Is Now Making Masks


Zettl Group supplies the intricate leather detailing inside a Porsche or Rolls-Royce. Because of the new coronavirus, the German car-parts maker’s assembly lines are now churning out face masks instead.

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Formula One’s Project Pitlane making a difference


Seven UK-based Formula 1 teams are making significant progress towards UK Government's call for assistance with the manufacture of medical respiratory devices to help in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The seven teams are Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, BWT Racing Point F1 Team, Haas F1 Team, McLaren F1 Team, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, Renault DP World F1 Team, and ROKiT Williams Racing.

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Toyota to build masks, face shields and Mercedes offers use of 3D printers


The carmakers are to manufacture much-needed masks for healthcare workers to fight coronavirus.

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Lamborghini plant in Italy to produce surgical masks


The luxury car maker is converting parts of its supercar production plant in Bologna to make surgical masks and protective plexiglass shields for healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The company's staff members who normally work on car interiors and customisations will produce 1,000 masks a day while its research and development department will produce 200 3D-printed medical shields.

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Ford partners 3M, GE and UAW to produce respirators


Ford Motor Company is joining hands with 3M, GE Healthcare and UAW to use its manufacturing and engineering expertise to expand production of urgently needed medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers, first responders and patients fighting coronavirus.

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Michelin to produce masks and visors in 10 European plants


Tire maker Michelin has mobilized a huge capacity of its teams in the field of research, materials, manufacturing and scientific intelligence to design, manufacture and deliver several types of mask in large quantities.

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Continental produces medical hoses needed in Italian healthcare sector


By temporarily restarting a production line, technology company Continental manufactured hoses needed in Bergamo and the Lombardy region’s medical sector at its Italian site in Daverio, Italy.

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Peugeot delivering cars to UAE drivers to test at home


Peugeot cars can now be brought directly to an interested customer’s home address while the UAE continues to advise people to stay at home and exercise social distancing. According to Peugeot, its Valet Test Drive and Service programme will help UAE drivers to experience the brand’s models from the comfort and safety of their own home.

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ENOC Link dedicates fuelling vehicles to support National Disinfection Programme


ENOC Link will provide free petrol and diesel fuel to all vehicles and equipment used in the disinfection campaign in Dubai. Dedicated fuelling trucks with a capacity of 5,000 litre and 2,600 litre will carry Special 95 petrol, saving the disinfection fleet travel time to refuel.

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