Taiwanese company Foxconn to make ventilators at its US plant #61695

Joanna Estrada
April 10, 2020

Medtronic Chief Executive Officer Omar Ishrak said Foxconn's Wisconsin factory could be used to make the ventilators.

Taiwanese electronics producer Foxconn will make ventilators with USA firm Medtronic Plc to assist patients afflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, the corporate stated Wednesday. Foxconn's cooperation with Medtronic covers design and evolution of the apparatus.

Ventilators are needed for patients who fall critically ill from the coronavirus and require breathing support.

Foxconn confirmed the partnership in a statement on Wednesday but did not say when it will start making the medical equipment. "Ltd" class="local_link" target="_blank">Hon Hai Precision Industry, said the collaboration with Medtronic has been spearheaded by founder Terry Gou and preparations for production are already underway.

Production of the ventilators will reportedly start within the next 4-6 weeks.

Foxconn has been making medical masks since the coronavirus outbreak in China in February.

Fellow Taiwanese tech manufacturing supplier Kinpo Electronics Inc. also announced plans to begin producing coronavirus-fighting medical equipment in the US starting in May.

According to Medtronic, Foxconn's partner in the endeavor, they will be built in Foxconn's controversial Wisconsin plant. "President Donald Trump, who'd helped bring the agreement along with the nation's then-governor, Republican Scott Walkersaid Foxconn would revitalize US production and its enormous factory hub could eventually become" the Eighth Wonder of the World".

Since that time, the plant-that was initially intended for creating display panelshas been criticized for flaws and changes in management.

Meant to manufacture display panels, Foxconn missed its first-year hiring target significantly.

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