Ford is working proactively on its own initiative and collaboratively with its partners to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the globe. In recognising that the pandemic is a global phenomenon that needs to be fought across the world, Ford has made changes from top to bottom and from factory to dealerships to contain where possible and help healthcare heroes on the front line.
Like many companies Ford has been able to ask many of its staff to work from home and thoroughly clean many of its facilities, but Ford is fortunate in having the capabilities to go further for everyone’s benefit. As well as helping to keep some service departments open across the country to keep key workers on the road and providing financial offerings that ease the burden on people’s pockets during this unpredictable time, they have also been making efforts to aid the NHS.
In the UK, Ford has joined the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium. This consortium consists of major industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical industries who have assembled to produce medical ventilators for the UK.
The consortium has put in all of the planning necessary to design, manufacture, assemble and test individual components, as well as whole medical ventilators. They have now received orders for over 10,000 units from the Government. Production can now accelerate on making these Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator Systems as well as providing support for another producer of medical ventilators to ramp up manufacture of their own ventilator design which already has full regulatory approval.
In the USA, Ford has announced that it will work with GE Healthcare to produce ventilators to help overcome critical supply shortages, and plastic face shields and respirator masks for healthcare workers. This commitment will mean produce 50,000 ventilators within 100 days, then 30,000 each month after that as necessary. Additionally, the Ford Motor Company Fund announced on 2nd April that it has launched a COVID-19 Donation Match program to match $500,000 in employees’ donations to help community organisations fight COVID-19, meaning that a potential $1 million could be donated in total for groups battling coronavirus across the world.
To learn about our own efforts to support key workers, customers and colleagues, check the Status & Updates page on our website regularly for our latest operating status, news updates from the Government and motoring organisations, plus useful advice and fun for kids of all ages.