Last month, Aston Martin shut down its production plants in a bid to protect workers from the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) which is fueling the pandemic disease COVID-19.
Though the production of Aston Martin supercars (and an SUV) are currently on hold, work has not stopped completely. Actually if anything, they're ramping up production of a different kind.
The British marque has announced that they are now building Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontliners and healthcare workers in the UK.
“The local community is very important to Aston Martin so we are delighted to be able to help our local hospitals. The frontline NHS workers are protecting us from COVID-19 so we want to do what we can and try to protect them by supplying visors and gowns. Times of crisis are also times of great innovation and we are delighted to be working with Multimatic and the MTC to produce the intubation shield for the intensive care staff,” said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin president and Group Chief Executive.
Aston Martin is currently working on a new respiratory protection device, protective visors, and gowns. All of which will be donated to various hospitals across the UK.
The automaker partnered with MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) to build the respiratory protection device. The “intubation shield” as they call is simply a Perspex box that goes over the patient’s upper body, protecting medical staff but still giving access to the patient. However, they are designed to be cut and made from one piece, allowing them to be easily stacked when not in use.
Using the latest 3D printing tech, Aston Martin will be producing 150 protective visors each week. The Aston Martin Design team are working with local Warwick Hospital to develop a protective visor that meets the NHS infection control guidelines. At the same time, they will also be producing 750 protective gowns each week.
Outside of PPEs, volunteers from Aston Martin Works are running a program to offer repairs and maintenance service to emergency vehicles.