As Ford facilities around the world prepare to reopen, manufacturing and assembling vehicles for many eager customers, they are also helping to make sure that key workers have a safer working environment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic too. By making face masks they can not only donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), they can also reduce their own demand for PPE that is required by those on the front line treating those with coronavirus.
Ahead of Ford restarting production at many of their continental vehicle and engine factories, manufacturing of PPE is taking place in such facilities in Germany, Romania, Spain and the UK.
As well as Ford being part of the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium that is making much-needed ventilators for the NHS, providing vehicles for the ambulance service as non-emergency support vehicles, helping to distribute food and medicine, and keeping some of their dealer’s service departments open to keep key workers mobile, workers at their Bridgend site have donated 13,500 pairs of gloves, 150 disposable suits, and safety glasses.
At their Dunton Campus, general-use face masks are being produced for front-line staff treating the effects of the virus. Two new purpose-built machines that have the capacity to manufacture 60 to 90 such disposable face masks each minute have been installed and three teams of 10 will be able to work around the clock to make the masks.
Ford’s director of manufacturing for Europe, Rene Wolf, said: “We want our production facilities to be prepared and our staff protected – but we are determined to ensure that this has no impact on those tackling the COVID-19 crisis from getting the equipment they need.
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