FCA begins manufacturing face masks

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is aiding workers at the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic by manufacturing and donating more than one million protective face masks per month. Production capacity is being installed this week and the company will start manufacturing face masks in the coming weeks, with initial distribution across the USA, Canada and Mexico.

The face masks are to be donated by FCA to police, EMTs and firefighters, as well as to workers in hospitals and health care clinics. This action is the first initiative of a global programme being developed by the company through applying manufacturing, supply chain and engineering expertise to support the global fight against the virus.

“Protecting our first responders and health care workers has never been more important. In addition to the support we are giving to increase the production of ventilators, we canvassed our contacts across the healthcare industry and it was very clear that there is an urgent and critical need for face masks,” stated FCA CEO, Mike Manley. “We’ve marshalled the resources of the FCA Group to focus immediately on installing production capacity for making masks and supporting those most in need on the front line of this pandemic.”

FCA will be working through national, regional and city authorities to ensure that the donated face masks are being directed to the people and facilities in the most immediate need. The company will disclose further actions related to the fight against the coronavirus in the coming days.

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