Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is working with GE Healthcare and 3M Co (NYSE:MMM) to produce ventilators and Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR). The demand for ventilators, gloves, and N95 masks and other critical supplies has increased dramatically to fight the coronavirus across the globe.
Healthcare workers need critical supplies
Health workers, who serve the coronavirus affected patients across the world, need critical supplies like medical equipment, and masks. To lend a helping hand to the healthcare workers, Ford has come forward and working with 3M to manufacture a new type of powered air-purifying respirators. The company is also working with 3M to increase the production of 3M’s existing respiratory device.
PAPR fits over the face
PAPR comes with a clear mask to fit over your face. The patients can draw the air through a tube, which is connected to the pump for filtering the air. Ford will contribute Fans required for the device whereas 3M provides other parts. The company is also working with battery makers to procure suitable batteries to power the tools for at least eight hours on a single charge. Ford will produce PAPR at its factories based in Michigan. 3M will also manufacture the current respirators at its factories to meet the urgent demand.
Supports critically ill coronavirus patients
Ford is working jointly with GE Healthcare to expedite the manufacture of ventilators. The company will provide sophisticated air pumps for critically ill coronavirus patients. Chief Executive Officer of Ford, Jim Hackett said the company is working with GE and 3M and empowered the designers and engineers to quickly scale up the production of critical devices. He said the company is also in discussions with local and state officials and central authorities to know the immediate need. Ford will also bring back unused N95 masks from China to the US.
UAW to assemble plastic face shields
Ford will also work with United Auto Workers Union to assemble the plastic face shields and protect the people from the bodily fluids of infected patients. The company is testing the masks at hospitals in the Detroit area for use by the healthcare workers and store clerks.
General Motors works with Ventec Life Systems
General Motors is working is with Ventec Life Systems to produce ventilators on a large scale for hospital patients.