As a country, we’ve seen everyone step up their game during this Covid-19 pandemic to do their part. The frontliners have been giving 110 per cent every single second and are in constant need of personal protective equipment (PPE) to continue helping the sick. Proton has now stepped up to produce face shields for the frontliners with help from a few volunteer staff.
Carmakers globally have been repurposing their factories or shifting focus towards producing PPEs or ventilators and Proton is now doing its part, aiming to construct 60,000 face shields in approximately 20 days and distribute them to frontliners.
The process will begin 13 April 2020 at Proton’s headquarters in Shah Alam with a strict adherence on the volunteer staff towards practicing social distancing. If you’re wondering, yes Proton has also obtained permission from the authorities for this as the Restricted Movement Order (RMO) is still in place.
The face shields themselves will be fabricated by Proton’s R&D team at their design studios using plastic injection moulding technology supplied by one of their vendors. However, the base design was actually first provided by Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) but Proton then enhanced the design to meet volume capacity production using its own existing resources.
“As a national automotive brand, Proton is driven by its responsibility to develop the local car industry and to support Malaysia and its people in their time of need. We have the knowhow to produce cars so we are using that knowledge to produce PPE equipment to support the brave men and women at the frontline of the battle against the spread of Covid-19. The face shields will be delivered in batches and we will work closely with the ministry to distribute them according to the level of need in each district,” said Datuk Radzaif Mohamed, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Proton.
The move follows the carmakers loan of 50 units of the Proton X70 to the Ministry of Health (MoH) for staff use in combating the pandemic.