LONDON — Britain has asked manufacturers including Ford Motor, Jaguar Land Rover and Honda to help make health equipment including ventilators to cope with the coronavirus outbreak.
Jaguar Land Rover confirmed it had been approached for help with the production of ventilators as part of ongoing discussions with government.
“As a British company, naturally, we will do whatever we can to support our communities during these unprecedented times,” a spokesperson told Automotive News Europe.
Ford said it was assessing the situation. The U.S. automaker operates two engine factories in Britain, which made just under 1.1 million engines in 2019. One of the two sites, in Bridgend in Wales, is due to close this year.
Honda, which built just under 110,000 cars at its facility in Swindon in England last year, said it had been asked by the government to explore the feasibility of making ventilators.
PSA’s Vauxhall unit has also been asked to help.
It was not immediately clear how a…