Ford, GE, 3M partner to make protective equipment, ventilators


Workers assemble cars at Ford’s Assembly Plant in Chicago, June 24, 2019.

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Ford announced Tuesday it will partner with 3M and GE Healthcare to begin producing face masks and ventilators to help fill potential shortages caused by the coronavirus

Ford will work with 3M to manufacture a newly designed respirator and boost production of 3M’s powered air-purifying respirator, which uses a blower instead of lung power to draw air through the filter. Ford said unionized employees will be able to manufacture the new respirators. 

Ford and GE Healthcare will begin manufacturing a “simplified version of GE Healthcare’s existing ventilator design” to aid patients who…


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