Proton has announced that it will be putting its production line into making face shields for our frontliners dealing with COVID-19. According to the national automotive brand, production will begin on 13 April.
The car manufacturer is aiming to produce 60000 face shield within a targeted period of 20 days, within its main factory in Shah Alam, Selangor. Production and delivery will be conducted in batches, with each batch to be delivered based on a district’s level of need. And at the scrutiny of the Ministry of Health.
Proton has become the latest heavy industry brand to repurpose its manufacturing equipment from its primary purpose into Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) production. At the time of publishing, Petronas is contributing to the cause with the development and production of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) prototype based on the work by Mercedes AMG F1 Team to reduce the dependency of ventilators in medical facilities.
Additionally, robotics departments within local universities like the International Islamic University (UIA) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) have begun building robots that can help frontliners in dealing with infected patients remotely. Not to forget, plenty of local 3D printing enthusiasts have band together early on to help produce DIY face shield for our frontliners.