Fiat Chrysler Automobiles now makes facemasks to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic

May 22, 2020

Recently, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that it will be stepping in to help health workers and first responders of the pandemic by manufacturing and donating protective face masks, with an initial goal of producing 1 million face masks per month. With FCA’s manufacturing, supply chain and engineering expertise, production of face masks could greatly contribute in the fight against the pandemic.

Rallying FCA Group’s resources, it has allocated its Comau facility in China for the production and manufacturing of protective face masks. From the start of production in April, capacity has been increased with a target to produce 3 million face masks per month, with over 1 million masks manufactured in the first 10 days of production. As a priority, over 200,000 face masks are being donated to India to support those most vulnerable in the community. Shortly, donations will commence in China and the United States, followed by Indonesia, Philippines and Australia.

The cross-functional project team for China was formed with a plan executed in less than 24-hours. The team procured raw materials and machinery, established an ISO Class 8 clean room, coupled with obtaining the appropriate certifications, export licenses and government approvals. According to third party audits at a product and process performance level, FCA has met the best European and US standards in the medical field.

The mask production line is staffed by a team of Comau operators who have 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.

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Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.