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FCA partnering with Siare Engineering to up ventilator production in Italy

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Posted at 6:51 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 06:51:35-04

(WXYZ) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced it is partnering with Siare Engineering – a specialist manufacturer of medical equipment – to increase production of ventilators in Italy.

The company says the COVID-19 pandemic has brought greater urgency and need for medical equipment, especially in Italy – one of the principal epicenters of the health crisis in Europe.

FCA, with the support of holding company Exor and Ferrari, has joined forces with Siare Engineering International Group located near Bologna, Italy to provide additional resources and know-how to help scale up its response to the crisis.

Siare has been a specialist in the design and production of electromedical equipment for export to customers around the globe for more than 45 years.

The FCA Manufacturing Engineering team working at the Group’s plant in Cento, Italy have worked quickly to produce the first group of electrovalves, which are the beating “heart” of the ventilators urgently needed by hospitals in Italy and other countries.

A team of around 20 FCA specialists, in collaboration with technicians from Siare, analyzed the supply flow and assembly process for electrovalves at the Cento plant, in addition to solutions for increasing output at the Siare facility with integration of the electrovalves produced by FCA.

With the additional supply of electrovalves from Cento, Siare estimates that it will be able to reduce total production time for ventilators by as much as 30-50 percent.

In addition to production of the electrovalve component at FCA’s Cento facility, a team of specialists from FCA is also working alongside Siare personnel at their production facility in Bologna. The objective is to help increase Saire’s total production, with a gradual scaling up of daily output beginning from the first week of April.

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