GR firm partners with Coca-Cola, MakersRespond on face shields

GRAND RAPIDS—Boyd Corp., a manufacturer of engineered materials and thermal management systems, announced a joint effort with Coca-Cola Co. and to deliver critically needed medical face shields for healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan.

Boyd is modifying production lines, tooling and material supplies at its plants to manufacture the Origami Face Shield, a design that is cost efficient to enable single, disposable use and offers enhanced protection and performance for healthcare providers.

Boyd manufactured the face shields at its Grand Rapids plant, donating tooling costs, machine time, and engineering development to optimize manufacturing speed, in collaboration with Makers Respond, a non-profit focused on identifying alternative sources of PPE during this pandemic, and featuring PET (polyethylene terephthalate) donated by The Coca-Cola Company.

“Boyd has made face shields for the medical industry for more than a decade,” said Boyd CEO Mitch Aiello. “We have scalable and repeatable global manufacturing technology that enables us to make quality face shields quickly and at very high volumes. It is our duty to create capacity for these critically needed protective solutions with local agility.”

Boyd has five sites on three continents certified to ISO 13485 medical industry quality management systems. Early manufacturing modifications at Boyd’s site in Grand Rapids are a model to quickly adapt additional global Boyd operations to scale capacity to create 6.4 million disposable face shields per week. With close global coordination, Boyd can enable PPE supply availability for local consumption in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific where acute and clinical care providers need agile, local supply. Boyd’s Precision converting facilities with similar production technology across the United States, China, Thailand, India, Vietnam and Germany will be available to provide global face shield capacity.

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