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Why can a car company turn into a mask maker overnight?

Source: China Automotive News Network | 2020-02-07 13:47:15
For the automotive industry, although the market environment in the past two years has been less prosperous, this sudden major epidemic is even worse.

China Automotive News Network According to experts, the second stage of epidemic prevention and control has entered the most critical period.

In the face of the impact of the epidemic, while strengthening prevention and control, a variety of positive and effective measures have been taken from the central to local levels, and the entire society has also contributed its own strength.

For the automotive industry, although the market environment in the past two years has been less prosperous, this sudden major epidemic is even worse.

But it is worth noting that "the country is in trouble and the husband is responsible". At the moment of the "epidemic", Autobots are still the first group to act. They not only actively donated money and materials, but also used their own production and transportation advantages to actively cooperate with offshore resources to compete with the epidemic and help the front line.

Just yesterday, SAIC-GM-Wuling donated 20,000 medical masks from overseas to donate to the Liuzhou Municipal Government to support first-line epidemic prevention and control. It was decided that it would cooperate with suppliers to transform the production of masks by rebuilding the production line and use it as The strategic material reserve was handed over by the Guangxi District Government to alleviate the current gap in the supply of medical masks, further support the development of epidemic prevention work and protect the health and safety of citizens.

The first case of "reproduced masks" by automobile manufacturers

Here we also like to praise SAIC-GM-Wuling for its responsibility for social responsibility, and this 众彩网 has quickly attracted widespread attention and discussion from netizens.

Since the outbreak of the "new crown", most parts of the country and medical institutions have been in a state of shortage of medical supplies. In particular, masks, which are one of the most important protective materials, can now be said to be "difficult to find" on the Internet.

Although according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the production capacity of masks in China is about 20 million per day, and the current recovery rate is about 60%. But this is mainly ordinary masks, dust-proof and anti-fog masks of various protection levels. The daily production capacity of N95 medical protective masks is only about 600,000. It can be seen that there is still a huge gap in the production and supply of more professional medical grade masks.

At the same time, SAIC-GM-Wuling was actively planning after receiving relevant requirements from the party committee and government of the Guangxi Autonomous Region for epidemic prevention and control. However, with the continuous development of the epidemic, many countries, including Indonesia, have also listed masks as strategic reserves, and cannot continue to purchase and ship them back to China.

In the interview, "Qiqipatan" and China Automotive News Network learned that it is precisely based on the above two backgrounds that SAIC-GM-Wuling proactively and innovatively proposed: mobilize supplier resources to switch to masks for emergency assistance! After staff training and the transformation of the new production line, they will continue to engage in the fight against this epidemic.

According to the project construction plan, the dust-free workshop producing masks will be rebuilt by Guangxi Construction Engineering Group and will be completed and put into use within this month. A total of 12 mask production lines will be set up, including 4 N95 mask production lines and 8 general medical protective masks. The production line is expected to reach more than 1.7 million units per day, which will quickly alleviate the shortage of medical supplies in Guangxi.

We must know that in the critical period of epidemic prevention and control at this stage, the production of one more mask can protect one more person, and the 众彩网 is naturally encouraging.

How cross-border masks are made

I have to say that SAIC-GM-Wuling's "shift masks" initiative is not only the most pragmatic at present, but also bold enough and innovative. This also makes many netizens have many questions about this business: Why can a car company switch to a mask maker overnight? How to ensure the quality of masks?

According to the understanding of the “Automobile Talk” and China Automotive News Network, SAIC-GM-Wuling has actively supported the government of Guangxi District, Liuzhou City, and Laibin City after the initiative to propose a “conversion mask” plan. In order to implement the idea as soon as possible, SAIC-GM-Wuling also immediately set up a special working group, led by the company's leaders to promote it.

Specifically, the project uses joint upstream supplier Guangxi Deford Group to produce masks by transforming its production line. SAIC-GM-Wuling is responsible for providing personnel and technical support in terms of production, raw materials, equipment, quality, and packaging.

According to SAIC-GM-Wuling officials, the joint production of masks took less than 5 days from the idea submission to the specific implementation stage. From the point of view of "steam talk", it is inseparable from the active promotion and close cooperation of all parties to be able to "transform" so efficiently.

First of all, as the lead, SAIC-GM-Wuling quickly conducted site inspections after obtaining government approval, formulated a production line transformation plan, implemented personnel and technical support, and actively assisted Guangxi Deford to carry out communications with relevant government departments.

Secondly, the local government also opened a "green channel" within the controllable scope, which was able to quickly advance the work of funding support, project approval, and qualification certification, which saved a lot of time costs for the development of mask production.

The last time the Guangxi Defort Group Co., Ltd. rebuilt the production line is an upstream supplier of SAIC-GM-Wuling, and previously mainly produced polymer materials such as NVH sound insulation cotton and its components.

As everyone knows, the raw material for the production of masks is mainly polypropylene. At present, in some products produced by SAIC-GM-Wuling, high-specification polypropylene, which can be used for medical supplies, is used to produce sound insulation cotton. Therefore, in terms of the preparation of raw materials and production technology, it has brought great convenience to the production of masks.

Not only that, the production of masks has high environmental requirements and needs to be completed in a clean room. Although the reconstruction work will be undertaken by Guangxi Construction Engineering Group, as a main engine factory, it also needs to be completed in a dust-free environment during the production of automotive coatings and other production links. Therefore, SAIC-GM-Wuling can provide sufficient technology for the reconstruction of dust-free workshops. Support to ensure that production can be started quickly after professional transformation of the production line.

In addition, the staff also told the "squeegee" that the masks were produced in accordance with the technical requirements of medical protective masks GB19083. Currently in the trial production stage, after the completion of the clean room, mass production of professional medical masks can be carried out.

It is worth mentioning that Guangxi Delft Group has newly established a medical device company and has completed the business license and medical device production license of the medical device company. In other words, the production of masks by SAIC-GM-Wuling joint suppliers is not just a "one-shot deal" for the epidemic, but it is planned to continue for a long time.

What can be learned for the automotive industry

In summary, SAIC-GM-Wuling's "switching masks" business is not too difficult in terms of feasibility. Raw materials, workshops, technology, and personnel are all there. At the same time, government departments have given full support, guidance and strict control.

So the reason why netizens have praised is that in addition to its important role in epidemic prevention and control, it is that this idea has brought new thinking to the automotive industry.

In fact, when faced with the epidemic challenge, there is still a lot of 众彩网 about non-mask manufacturers converting masks, but they are basically concentrated in underwear, diapers and other companies. In the automotive industry, SAIC-GM-Wuling is the first to lead the industry.

It may be seen by many people that underwear and diapers are related to the production of masks and protective clothing in terms of materials and links. But it turns out that the auto industry, which seems to be out of reach, also has an innate advantage in mask production.

According to previous announcements issued by various places, many companies will resume work next Monday (February 10th). As an important material for outing protection, whether masks can be adequately supplied is undoubtedly the issue that everyone is most concerned about.

Obviously, this time SAIC-GM-Wuling has provided an effective solution for the society. It is believed that if more car companies can be added to the ranks of "conversion masks", it will definitely greatly alleviate the urgent need of "a mask that is difficult to find" across the country.

When the epidemic crisis comes, a socially responsible company is not just a simple donation, but it should actively participate in the work of treatment and prevention.

Fortunately, as stated at the beginning of the article, Autobots showed a side of the city. Not only SAIC-GM-Wuling, all car companies are working overtime to continuously send negative pressure ambulances and the most needed material resources for epidemic prevention to the front line.

What I just want to say is that through this epidemic, the automobile industry once again showed its huge social mass, which involved many upstream and downstream suppliers and surrounding derivative industries. And this wave of "conversion masks" operation also makes people see that maybe when the country and users need it, in addition to the auto industry can take on the responsibility of the auto industry, they can also "part-time" to provide society with more important s help.

The key is to have an innovative sense of service and the determination and courage to step forward.

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