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Foxconn will manufacture ventilators in Wisconsin.

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Foxconn is working with medical device manufacturer Medtronic to manufacture ventilators at its controversial Wisconsin facility during the coronavirus outbreak said Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak to CNBC. He noted that the factory expects to manufacture the life-saving devices based on the open source PB-560 design in the next four to six weeks.

The Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer best known for assembling Apple iPhone, told Reuters that the medical and technical personnel from both companies worked on the project.

Foxconn is not the only company dedicated to producing ventilators because the pandemic is causing a shortage. The electric car company Tesla produces a component of another Medtronic ventilator in its plant in New York and as a prototype of a device that uses model 3 parts. General Motors is working with ventilator Ventec Life Systems to increase production in Indiana and vacuum maker Dyson has received an order from the British National Health Service for 10,000 of its newly developed "CoVent" systems .

The new strain of Das Coronavirus, which may develop into a respiratory disease known as COVID-19 was discovered in Wuhan, China in December and has spread worldwide over the months since then . By Wednesday morning, it had infected more than 1.4 million people and caused over 83,000 deaths worldwide.

Foxconn's Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park factory was due to produce LCD screens when it opened in May, but Governor Tony Evers last summer tempered expectations of the number of jobs it would create. The Democrat inherited the deal from Republican predecessor Scott Walker, who helped lure Foxconn to Wisconsin with the greatest incentive in the state's history.

Medtronic declined to comment, while Foxconn did not respond to a request for comment.

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