Toyota To Make Face Masks In U.S. To Aid Coronavirus Battle

Toyota has said it would begin mass production of 3-D printed face shields early next week, and was currently looking for partners to produce COVID-19 mask filters.

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Toyota to make masks, ventilators & respirators as deaths due to coronavirus increase in US

Highlights

  • Toyota to make produce face shields, ventilators and respirators in U.S.
  • It would begin mass production of 3-D printed face shields from next week
  • First batch for hospitals in Houston, Dallas, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan

Toyota Motor Corp's North American unit said on Friday it would produce face shields, ventilators and respirators, as the death toll from the coronavirus exceeds 1,200 in the United States.

The automaker said it would begin mass production of 3-D printed face shields early next week, and was currently looking for partners to produce COVID-19 mask filters.

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The first batch of face shields would be distributed to hospitals in Houston, Dallas, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan, Toyota said.

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It was finalizing agreements with at least two medical device makers that produce ventilators and respirators to help boost their capacity, the company said.

More than 531,600 people have been infected by the virus across the world, with 84,946 confirmed cases in the United States.

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The pandemic has forced the shutdown of auto plants around the world as several countries have gone into lockdown to stem the spread of the virus.

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