Ford Joins Effort to Make Ventilators, Respirators Amid Pandemic

US President Donald Trump holds a news conference amid the coronavirus disease outbreak in Washington DC US

Separately, Ford will work with 3M to boost manufacturing capacity of its air-purifying respirators to meet a surge in demand for first responders and health care workers. Off-the-shelf parts include fans from Ford F-150's cooled seats and portable tool battery packs that can power respirators for up to eight hours.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer thanked Ford in a statement for "teaming up to build the equipment that we need to keep our health care workers safe and help save lives".

It is also assembling more than 100,000 plastic face shields per week at one of its manufacturing sites and will also use its in-house 3D printing capability to make components for use in personal protective equipment.

Additionally, Ford said its United States design team was starting to test transparent full-face shields for first responders, which when paired with N95 respirator masks, could be an effective way of limiting exposure to the coronavirus.

The company said it was exploring how it could produce these new respirators in one of its MI manufacturing plants and help boost 3M's production tenfold.

Meanwhile, GM, Ventec Life Systems and StopTheSpread.org, coordinated private-sector response to COVID-19, are collaborating so that Ventec can increase its production of respiratory care products as hospitals across the US face a potential ventilator shortage.

The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker, working closely with GE, will manufacture a simplified version of GE's existing ventilator design. The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party's coverup and mishandling allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic. Health officials and hospitals worldwide have pleaded with private businesses and world leaders to ramp up production of lifesaving medical devices.

President Donald Trump said on Sunday that US automakers General Motors Co., Ford, and Tesla Inc. had been given the green light to produce ventilators and other items needed during the coronavirus outbreak. Ford said it would make about 1,000 per month but will aim to increase production as fast as possible.

It said companies controlled by Exor bought 150 ventilators and other medical equipment overseas, provided vehicles for support of people in need and were in touch with Italian authorities to help them buy medical equipment and healthcare products overseas.

"We're doing it on our own", he said, when asked if this was at the directive of the Trump administration. "These companies can't build cars now so let's form partnerships and work together".

Equipment will be installed in a facility this week and the company plans to begin production in the coming weeks. "They're lending their supply chain and manufacturing expertise to other industries".

Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks before unveiling the Model Y at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., on March 14, 2019.

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