Ford Motor Co. and GE Healthcare plan to produce 50,000 non-electric ventilators within 100 days at its Rawsonville Components Plant in Michigan, USA.
Around 500 United Auto Workers union volunteer members are tasked to work on the project at the Ford’s plant.
The non-electric Airon Model A-E ventilator which Ford will produce operates on air pressure alone and is being made at Airon’s Melbourne, Florida factory.
Ford plans to produce ventilators around the clock with three shifts of workers, churning an output of 7,200 devices per week at its own factory.
The joint effort expects to produce 1,500 Airon ventilators by end-April, with 12,000 by the end of May and 50,000 by July, eventually making itself capable to make 30,000 units per month.
The project aims to ease the shortage of ventilators, a medical device that is used in the treatment of COVID-19.
For the meantime, Ford has suspended vehicle production during this virus crisis.