Automaker company Ford has announced its goal of producing 50,000 ventilators within 100 days, and up to 30,000 a month after that as needed, to aid in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus.
In collaboration with GE Healthcare, Ford will leverage the design of Airon Corp.’s FDA-cleared ventilator to produce in Michigan, Ford said in a statement on Monday.
Ford will provide its manufacturing capabilities to quickly scale production, and GE Healthcare will provide its clinical expertise and will license the current ventilator design from Airon Corp. – a small, privately held company specializing in high-tech pneumatic life support products. GE Healthcare brought the Airon Corp. design to Ford’s attention as part of the companies’ efforts to scale production of ventilators quickly to help clinicians treat COVID-19 patients.
By the end of April, Ford expects to produce 1,500 ventilators, 12,000 by the end of May and 50,000 by July 4 – helping the U.S. government meet its goal of producing 100,000 ventilators in 100 days.
Other car companies have made similar announcements – General Motors and Tesla both have plans to make the life-saving machines.
You can view the full press release by Ford on their website.