Metalsa will assemble ventilators, contributing to the community in the present pandemic.
Monterrey, Mexico, May 26th, 2020 - Ventilators have been in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic. In response to this need and to aid the fight against COVID-19, Metalsa along with companies from Grupo Monterrey (Proeza, Femsa, BOCAR, Cemex, Alfa, Xignux, Cydsa, Vitro, Frisa, Ternium, and Gruma) and other institutions, united forces to design and produce intensive care units (ICUs) ventilators for the treatment of patients with COVID-19.
Together with a multidisciplinary team formed by clinical and biomedical experts, engineers, and universities, Metalsa worked on a strategy to design, coordinate, and assembly a ventilator that meets authorities’ standards and attacks the current crisis' needs.
The ventilators' assembly will be carried out at one of Metalsa's manufacturing plants, located at Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The plant conditioned space that complies with regulations indicated by the COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks).
Production will start in the first week of June, with 55 collaborators assembling 500 ventilators per week, which will be distributed along with the INSABI (Health Institute for Well-Being) to the most needed medical centers in Mexico.
“This has been a very challenging project that will be possible thanks to everyone's contributions. Today is time to work together with the same objective of contributing positively to our society. It has been a challenge for all of us who are not involved in this kind of industry, but this is proof that we can get things done by working with agility and collaboration”, shared Leopoldo Cedillo, Metalsa CEO.
There is a conviction that this effort will help to ease the shortage of ventilators and will also safeguard the lives of many people who might be infected with COVID-19 in Mexico.