The coronavirus pandemic is far from over in the United States and essential medical supplies are still very much needed by medical workers on the frontlines. And Honda is well aware of this as it commits to donating 130,000 face shields for healthcare professionals across the U.S.
This new batch of donation supplements the earlier aid of the automaker to the community, which includes the conversion of several Odyssey minivans in Detroit into transport vans dedicated to coronavirus testing.
In a recent announcement, Honda said it is working to ramp up the production of its own face shields intended to be distributed to medical staff around the U.S.
According to the company, Honda Engineering North America, located in Marysville, Ohio, will lead the assembly of the face shields. The plant reportedly found a way to use plastic injection molding equipment to make the clear plastic for the shield.
Meanwhile, Honda of Canada Manufacturing, along with other companies in Canada, will be in charge of making the frames for the masks.
The two production lines have so far made 70,000 face shields, all of which have already been distributed to 305 medical facilities in 45 states. Another batch of 60,000 units is currently being produced and prepared for distribution.
“It was a comprehensive effort with our Honda design and manufacturing teams working together to quickly solve this challenge,” said Eric Walli, regional planning leader of Honda North America.
“We were looking at materials, doing scientific work to understand if what we put in a face shield would be safe for humans to wear and all of this was occurring as we sought to rapidly begin and then ramp up production,” he added.