More and more people around the world are working to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and Honda is joining forces with General Motors to do the same. These two carmakers recently decided to use an existing Honda and General Motors partnership to produce nearly 12,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to for both their own facilities throughout the United States and for healthcare workers on the frontlines battling this virus.
The companies’ existing Fuel Cell System Manufacturing (FCSM) team is using their own facility in Brownstown, Michigan, to produce the hand sanitizer. They have repurposed equipment usually used for developing fuel-cell fuel stacks for future hydrogen-powered vehicles to do so.
Currently, Honda has donated 3,750 nine-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer to a variety of healthcare facilities throughout Ohio and Michigan. The carmakers plan to donate nearly 75 percent of the hand sanitizer output to various healthcare facilities throughout North America.
“It is inspiring to see how the automotive industry continues to find new and innovative ways to help society during this crisis,” said Cathy McEvilly, senior vice president and general counsel of Honda North America, Inc. “The commitment shown by Honda associates and their counterparts at GM is a source of pride to us and we are happy to provide something to help the brave health care professionals fighting this pandemic every day.”
Honda will provide 1,500 gallons of hand sanitizer to its own manufacturing plants to keep employees safe. Packaging for this product was given to the partnership by Packaging Corporation of America.
With COVID-19 still affecting people around the world, healthcare workers routinely risking their own lives to help others. To support these essential workers, Honda has decided to focus some of its production capacity on something vital – face shields. The carmaker recently announced that it will make a sizeable donation of face shields to medical staff across the United States.
Honda’s face mask donation will give health care workers across the country 130,000 shields to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. These face shields were developed at Honda Engineering North America in Marysville, Ohio, which used its existing injection molding equipment to create the clear plastic shields.
These face shields were then finished with the frames they need to stay on, thanks to Honda of Canada Manufacturing. The two plants have already created and distributed 70,000 face shields to 305 facilities in 45 states – and they plan on making at least 60,000 more.
“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.”
Honda has contributed to the fight against COVID-19 in other ways, too. This includes turning multiple Odyssey minivans into coronavirus-testing transport vans in Detroit.
All of us here at Honda of Tiffany Springs are proud to be a part of the Honda family, and appreciate the company’s efforts to help those who are helping others. To learn more about we’re working to keep you safe, don’t hesitate to reach out.