Since automobile production at Ford plants was idled in mid-March, some of the automaker’s factories have been producing much-needed medical and PPE equipment to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak around the world. That includes a massive supply of Power Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) designed, built, and shipped to healthcare workers in just 40 days. And now, Ford Canada is ramping up its production of face shields.
Ford Canada was already producing face shields at its Windsor engine plant, but it appears that production has ramped up. The plant is now working to assemble more than 2.75 million face shields for distribution across Canada to help protect medical personnel and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is just the latest effort by Ford to help combat the spread coronavirus. To date, the automaker has engineered and made more than 8 million face shields and as many as 100,000 respirators in partnership with 3M. It’s making about 1 million face masks per day, and is also producing up to 100,000 washable isolation gowns a week in collaboration with Joyson Safety Systems.
Ford is also lending a hand to patients and communities by manufacturing 50,000 life-saving ventilators by July 4th, 2020 in the U.S. in collaboration with the UAW and GE Healthcare, and tens of thousands more in other countries. And in China, the automaker has prioritized the production of 1,500 ambulances.
Meanwhile, production of Ford automobiles has already restarted in China as well as in Europe, while production in the U.S. will resume on May 18th. A series of new safety protocols and a new employee safety handbook have also been implemented in these facilities, and are reportedly working well so far.
It’s nice to know that Ford Canada and other FoMoCo regional divisions are helping the world recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and get back to work.