General Motors (GM) recently announced it is increasing production capacity for face masks at its Michigan facility. The automotive company has also shared its manufacturing plans with its suppliers, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) and the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA).
“Our ultimate goal is to get more masks to the people who desperately need them,” said Shilpan Amin, GM global purchasing and supply chain vice president. “And we recognize it would be counterproductive for GM – or any other manufacturer – to compete for supplies with existing medical mask companies. By making GM’s production processes available to the OESA and the MMA, we hope to facilitate other companies’ efforts to bring more materials, more equipment and ultimately, more face masks to the community.”
According to the company, its Michigan facility can now produce up to 1.5 million face masks a month and has already delivered face masks to local hospitals.