Nike supports healthcare workers in their fight against coronavirus. The company produces face shields and PAPR lenses with the technology it uses in the production of clothing materials.
Nike is collaborating with Oregon University of Health and Science (OHSU) to produce personal protective equipment for health workers fighting the coronavirus. The sportswear giant takes advantage of Nike Air plastic bubble technology and materials used in shoes in the production of face shields and PAPR (air purifying mask) lenses.
“When OHSU shared the face shield project, we aimed to find a way to manufacture the equipment with Nike-owned materials and at our manufacturing facilities.” The goal was not only a functional shield but also a shield that allows a simple production model. Health workers became testers trying out prototypes of the equipment. ” said.
Nike commences face shield production for coronavirus
Nike is now using its expertise in this field for the safety of healthcare workers, taking advantage of the different production and design elements of its shoes and clothing. The company says it uses wrist pillows used in sneakers, ropes used in clothing, and Nike Air’s TPU (Thermo Plastic Polyurethane) component to produce protective equipment.
Nike states that it shipped the first face shield and PAPR lenses to OHSU on April 3. The company also said it will provide equipment to healthcare organizations such as Providence, Legacy Health Systems and Kaiser Permanente.
In the battle against COVID-19, Nike is not alone. Last week, New Balance also announced that it will develop, produce and deliver facial masks for hospitals in the USA. NB aims to produce 100,000 masks weekly in its factories.