We assess how GM's rapid ability to retool may guide corporations on how to proactively evaluate and plan supply chain operations in the future.
With auto manufacturing sidelined by Covid-19, GM has focused resources on a different area: ventilator production.
In mid-April, GM delivered its first batch of ventilators assembled in partnership with US-based ventilator manufacturer Ventec Life Systems, a first step toward fulfilling its contract with the US government to produce 30,000 in total.
The move is part of a larger effort to shift manufacturing toward pandemic-related needs, and automakers are well-positioned to leverage their experience with complex supply chains to quickly and efficiently pivot production.
Below, we take a look at how GM was prepared to rapidly retool and why it matters to manufacturers’ long-term strategies.