Volkswagen and Faurecia delivering Personal Protective Equipment to New York City Javits Center and area hospitals

Apr 3, 2020

  • VW aids fabrics supplier in mobilizing and shifting lines to produce medical grade facemasks and gowns
  • First shipment of 75,000 units to be distributed at New York area hospitals this week
  • Faurecia to produce additional quantities of up to 250,000 masks and 50,000 gowns per week

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America and Faurecia are proud to announce a collaborative effort to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items needed on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis response. Strategic planning with Volkswagen has allowed Faurecia – a fabrics and materials supplier for the brand – to begin production of facemasks and gowns to be used by medical professionals battling the global pandemic.

The shift in supply chain utilization came about from an internal Volkswagen task force, created to identify ways of meaningfully impacting the fight against COVID-19. After initial outreach to suppliers and production partners, an opportunity was identified when Faurecia communicated the ability – and desire – to modify the company’s production lines. Through rapid-fire operational discussions with Volkswagen, plus an initial order of 70,000 masks and 5,000 gowns, Faurecia was able to pivot its processes and begin production at one of its facilities in Mexico. The company has since been able to significantly ramp up production capacities and is now able to make an estimated 250K masks and 50K gowns per week.

“Volkswagen is proud to have partners like Faurecia willing to step outside their usual scope and drive something bigger,” said Scott Keogh, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “This joint effort is putting the ingenuity of VW and our supplier network on full display, and we don’t plan on stopping our response to this crisis here.”

Volkswagen has donated the first run of Faurecia-produced masks and gowns to New York State’s COVID-19 response efforts. The shipment of 75,000 units is scheduled to arrive this week and be distributed at area hospitals including New York City’s Javits Center, recently transformed by the US Army Corps of Engineers into a temporary hospital staffed by FEMA and Army medical personnel. 

The work with Faurecia is the first of numerous initiatives currently under development between Volkswagen of America and its network of suppliers to enter the operational phase. Please stay tuned to @VW and @VWNews for future developments.

For entities interested in purchasing Faurecia-made masks and gowns, please contact Francisco Almeida, Francisco.aaf.almeida@faurecia.com.

 

 

About Volkswagen
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

 

About Faurecia
Faurecia holds leading positions in our four business groups: Seating, Interiors, Clean Mobility, and Clarion Electronics. We work hand in hand with automakers on innovations that meet society’s new expectations for environmental protection, connectedness and autonomous driving.

Our teams design, develop, produce and deliver cutting-edge solutions for smart life on board and sustainable mobility. Together, we’re paving the way for the connected and autonomous car of the future.

While remaining focused on operational excellence, Faurecia has transformed itself in recent years, increasing its agility and evolving to respond to global megatrends and the new challenges of the automotive industry.

Dedicated to building strong and successful relationships with its customers, Faurecia partners with the world’s largest OEMs, including the leading premium brands and emerging, fast-growing newcomers.

With more than 600 programs in development and 200 scheduled launches this year, program management is central to our business.

Our comprehensive international footprint ensures our ability to support the global platform strategies of our automotive manufacturing partners with full production and R&D capabilities in all major regions.

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