Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, announced today it will begin producing in Michigan a third-party ventilator with the goal to produce 50,000 of the vitally needed units within 100 days.
Ford is aiming to restart production at select plants in North America as early as April 6, bringing key plants back online while the company introduces additional safety measures to protect returning workers.
Jim Baumbick, vice president, Enterprise Product Line Management, Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F); Mike Kesti, global technical director, 3M Personal Safety Division; and Tom Westrick, vice president and chief quality officer, GE Healthcare, will host a news conference call at 8:00 a.m. EDT today.
Ford Motor Company, joining forces with firms including 3M and GE Healthcare, is lending its manufacturing and engineering expertise to quickly expand production of urgently needed medical equipment and supplies.
Ford Motor Company will temporarily suspend production at its manufacturing sites in Brazil and at the Pacheco plant in Argentina, in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus in South America.
Ford Motor Company is taking a series of initiatives to further bolster the company’s cash position amid the coronavirus health crisis, maintain strategic flexibility on behalf of its team and customers.
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