Ford partners with 3M and GE to make face shields, respirators, and ventilators

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Ford partners with 3M and GE to make face shields, respirators, and ventilators

The companies are turning their manufacturing capabilities to help address the shortfall in medical equipment

The country's medical facilities are seeing a shocking lack of supplies in its battle against the Coronavirus pandemic. Masks, ventilators, and other essential equipment has been in short supply because people are hoarding them for their own use and denying them to medical professionals.

To help aid in the crisis, GE has partnered with 3M and Ford Motor Co. to turn their manufacturing capabilities to help build respirators, ventilators, face masks, and other necessary equipment.

“This is such a critical time for America and the world,” Bill Ford, Ford’s executive chairman, said in a statement. “It is a time for action and cooperation. By coming together across multiple industries, we can make a real difference for people in need and for those on the front lines of this crisis. At Ford, we feel a deep obligation to step up and contribute in times of need, just as we always have through the 117-year history of our company.”

“We are encouraged by how quickly companies from across industries have mobilized to address the growing challenge we collectively face from COVID-19,” GE Healthcare CEO Kieran Murphy said in a statement. “We are proud to bring our clinical and technical expertise to this collaboration with Ford, working together to serve unprecedented demand for this life-saving technology and urgently support customers as they meet patient needs.”

Added Mike Roman, 3M chairman and CEO, in a statement: “It’s crucial that we mobilize all resources to protect lives and defeat this disease.”

President Donald Trump has invoke the Defense Production Act, which formally requests that industries assist in times of crisis. Meanwhile, Ford is testing 1,000 face shields at Detroit Mercy, Henry Ford Health Systems and Detroit medical Center Sinai-Grace Hospitals. It plans to complete roughly 75,000 of these shields this week and produce more than 1000,000 per week at Ford subsidiary Troy Design and Manufacturing in Plymouth. It is working with the United Auto Workers to do so, the company said.

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