Ford, 3M, GE to produce needed medical equipment to combat COVID-19


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March 24 (UPI) -- Three large U.S. companies have joined forces to produce needed medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers, first responders and patients fighting the infectious and deadly coronavirus.

Ford Motors announced in a statement Tuesday that it was working with 3M and General Electric Healthcare to mass-produce respirators, ventilators and plastic face shields.

Specifically, the statement said Ford was "lending its manufacturing and engineering expertise" to increase the manufacturing capacity of air-purifying respirators with 3M, expand production of existing ventilator design with GE and assemble more than 100,000 3D printed plastic face shields a week with United Auto Workers.

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