Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced last March 24 that it will be stepping in to help health workers and first responders of the pandemic. The company committed to manufacturing and donating protective face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic beginning April.
With an initial goal of producing one million face masks per month, FCA shifts its manufacturing, supply chain, engineering expertise, and production to assembling the much-needed equipment.
FCA allocated its Comau facility in China for the production and manufacturing of the said protective face masks. The company was able to manufacture 1 million masks in the first 10 days of production; it already increased is monthly target to 3 million masks.
Of the already produced face masks, over 200,000 goes to India to support those most vulnerable in the community. Shortly, donations will commence in China and the United States. Mobilization in Indonesia, Philippines, and Australia will follow suit.
Fiat Chrysler formed the cross-functional project team for China and executed the plan in less than 24 hours. The team procured raw materials and machinery. They also established an ISO Class 8 clean room with the appropriate certifications, export licenses, and government approvals. According to third party audits, FCA has met the best European and US standards in the medical field. A team of Comau operators man the mask production line; each undergone extensive training coupled with understanding lessons learned from other manufacturers in the industry. The production team works in a strictly controlled environment, adhering to the highest safety and hygiene standards.
FCA will continue the manufacturing of protective face masks for as long as it’s required to support those countries and communities in need.
Auto Nation Group, General Distributor of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram in the Philippines, intends to donate these FCA-produced face masks to the Philippine government. The face masks are expected to arrive in the country by June. ANG will coordinate with authorities to ensure that proper distribution of the protective face masks to frontliners.