There is an urgent need for more medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers on the front line of the COVID-19, and as a result, businesses from various industries have shifted their production to supply these essential products. Notably, Amerian car manufacturer Ford recently announced via Twitter their plans to work with 3M, GE, and UAW to build respirators, ventilators, and face shields to combat the spread of the virus.
Ford announced the scaling production of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PARPs) with 3M that uses existing parts from both partners. Additionally, the car manufacturer will leverage its 3D printing capabilities to build face shields — a piece of key protective equipment used by healthcare workers.
“We have had preliminary discussions with the U.S. and U.K. governments and looking into the feasibility,” Ford spokesperson Rachel McCleery sated. “It’s vital that we all pull together to help the country weather this crisis and come out the other side stronger than ever.”
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