Ford Motor and 3M are currently developing a partnership to increase the production of 3M’s powered air-purifying respirators, which are more comfortable for users who need respiratory protection for an extended period. The partnership will allow the companies to collaborate on how they can combine complementary resources and capabilities to help meet the significant increase in demand for personal protective equipment.
3M has already doubled its global distribution of N95 respirators to one-hundred million every four weeks.
“Ford Motor and 3M create a partnership to increase the production of 3M’s powered air-purifying respirators.“
3M’s CEO and Chairman of the board, Mike Roman, stated: “We’re exploring all available opportunities to further expand 3M’s capacity and get healthcare supplies as quickly as possible to where they’re needed most, which includes partnering with other great companies like Ford. It’s crucial that we mobilize all resources to protect lives and defeat this disease and I’m incredibly grateful to Ford and their employees for this partnership.”
Ford’s CEO and President, Jim Hackett, stated: “3M is providing vital personal protective equipment for medical workers and we’ve empowered our engineers and designers to move as quickly as possible to help 3M grow PAPR production using common parts to speed this up. We are also volunteering our facilities for additional production.”