Ford partners with 3M, GE Healthcare to make respirators, ventilators to fight coronavirus

March 24, 2020 / Phoebe Wall Howard

Ford Motor Company announced Tuesday that it will join the effort to “speed production” of respirators to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker said in a statement that it’s collaborating with 3M to manufacture “Powered Air-Purifying Respirators.” The two are working on a “new design leveraging parts from both companies,” according to Ford.

It is possible Ford will produce the new respirator in a Ford facility in Michigan. 

Discussions have been intense over the last four days, officials said in a conference call. Ford engineers are playing a key role in the effort and using parts that are currently used in the bestselling F-150 pickup, the company said in a call.


Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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