Ford, the Michigan-based automotive company has inked a partnership deal with a Massachusetts-based scientific instrumentation firm, Thermo Fisher in order to produce face masks, gowns and COVID-19 collection kits.
The Ford company is executing its plan to produce critical medical equipment and supplies along with a mission to produce reusable gowns from airbag materials. At the same time, it has signed a partnership agreement with a scientific instruments provider Thermo Fisher Scientific to escalate the production of COVID-19 collection kits to test for the virus.
Marcy Fisher, the Director of Global Body Exterior and Interior Engineering at Ford states, “This is really a great find that we could take something that we already knew how to produce and then turn that into isolation gowns, and they are washable.”
These efforts made by both the companies are just to fulfill the need of equipments including face shields, face masks, protective gowns, and ventilators, a medical device that is used in the treatment of COVID-19.
Ford as also started the production of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs), which is a respirator used by healthcare workers that filter out contaminants in the air. Ford is producing PARPs in the partnership with 3M which was announced in March 2020 at its Vreeland facility near Flat Rock, Mich. Also, the company is currently working on its previous plan to produce more than 3 million face shields at its factory located in Plymouth, Mich.
Jim Baumbick, the Vice President of Ford Enterprise Product Line Management states, “I think our immediate focus is on the surge need that is really at the end of April, May and June, so we’re focusing on that time frame. What I can also say is we have very clear signals working with our partners that the demand is far outpacing the supply of this critical equipment. We know that there’s incredible demand and need for this during this short time horizon.”
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