DuPont Safety has vast experience protecting people during natural disasters and health crises. Today, we're working tirelessly to help those directly impacted by the coronavirus, including first responders on the front lines.
Thousands of employees are working around the clock in all parts of the world to increase capacity of protective garments. We've increased capacity in our manufacturing plants to produce over 9 million garments per month, going directly to COVID-19 response needs. Partnering with world governments and other organizations, we're continuously finding new ways to deliver this essential PPE where it's most severely needed.
In these unprecedented times, it's vital we come together to help our heroes get the PPE they need to stay protected.
To meet the growing need for critical protection and supplies in the fight against COVID-19, we’re increasing capacity of Tyvek? protective fabric and working with our partners to get it to the front lines quickly.?
Across DuPont, business and functional teams have banded together to answer the call for something they’ve never before produced, packaged or distributed: hand sanitizer.
When our manufacturing site in Bomlitz, Germany received an inquiry from local county officials to provide hand sanitizer for hospitals and other institutions, colleagues from our Nutrition & Biosciences, Electronics & Imaging, and Science & Innovation teams answered the call. Within just 10 days, using recipes provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the site utilized its pilot plant to develop a process for large-scale production of hand sanitizer, to support area hospitals and communities there.
With this proven method, the team quickly ramped up production at multiple sites in the U.S. and Canada. To date, DuPont has donated approximately 1,500 gallons to local nonprofit organizations and government agencies, including hospitals and local emergency management services.
Excessive demand continues for highly coveted N95 masks, with manufacturers in need of critical materials to create more PPE. DuPont and Cummins Inc. partnered to use filtration technology to supply the critical need for masks.
Typically, DuPont Water Solutions' Hybrid Membrane Technology (HMT) is integrated with Cummins’ synthetic fibers to protect sensitive engine components, but it can also be used in the N95 respirator masks worn by healthcare professionals to filter harmful airborne particles that can spread COVID-19. Under an initiative by the University of Minnesota, Cummins donated the material to be assembled by the university. The first masks featuring the filter technology are being used as part of a project to supply masks to Minnesota’s M Health Fairview network.
Technology teams at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE & Troy, MI used 3D printing to print face shields for health care workers. Utilizing DuPont? Zytel? filament, the first batch of 80 face shields have been approved by a local Wilmington hospital and delivered in partnership with the Nemours Foundation, with more on the way.
Consistent with our core values and keeping the health and safety of our employees as our highest priority, we’ll continue to harness the passion of our employees, our networks of partners and customers – and above all, our science – to find solutions that will help solve some of the most urgent needs to prevent and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.