3M Ups N95 Respirator Production Amid COVID-19 Crisis

March 23, 2020

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3M Ups N95 Respirator Production Amid COVID-19 Crisis
3M is increasing its capacity for N95 respirators in response to a surge of demand from healthcare workers fighting COVID-19. Image courtesy of 3M

The top executive of 3M said in a statement Sunday that the company has doubled its capacity for N95 respirators to about 1.1 billion products per year, or about 100 million per month, in response to increased demand from healthcare workers on the front lines of the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

“In the United States we are producing 35 million respirators per month; of these, more than 90% are now designated for healthcare workers, with the remaining deployed to other industries also critical in this pandemic, including energy, food, and pharmaceutical companies,” 3M Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Roman said in a LinkedIn post. “As a global company, we also manufacture respirators in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and our products are being similarly deployed to support the COVID-19 response in those respective regions.”

The firm’s N95 assets have reached “maximum production levels,” the official said. Along with the announcement that respirator manufacturing has increased, 3M also is sending over 500,000 respirators to New York and Seattle, two of areas of the US that are most impacted by the spread of the virus. 

While 3M is taking immediate steps to boost its output of N95 respirators, the company also plans to invest in capacity expansions across its global footprint. 

“We have accelerated investments to expand our global capacity even more. We anticipate being able to nearly double our capacity again, to almost 2 billion respirators annually, within the next 12 months,” Roman said. “We are working with the US and other governments, investigating alternate manufacturing scenarios, and exploring coalitions with other companies to increase capacity further.”

Production of hand sanitizers and disinfectants is also being increased. 

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