Valiant latest Canadian supplier to add to arsenal of health, free of charge – Automotive News Canada

Posted: April 9, 2020 at 6:52 pm

Valiant TMS, which normally supplies parts to some of the worlds biggest automakers, including Ford and General Motors, has joined the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and is now supplying the arsenal of health with face shields and masks for health-care workers manning the front lines.

We were just going to do [ventilator] parts for somebody else that had a medical clean room and could assemble them, Valiant CEOTony EliastoldAutomotive News Canada. But there was a bunch of red tape, so we took the path of least resistance.

There were too many standards, regulations and lawyers to deal with in short order. So that meant theWindsor, Ont.-basedhad to change gears quickly,and moved to producing 3D-printed face shields and donating N95 face masks for nurses and other first responders.

We looked at things we could do quickly, Elias said. We immediately reached out to our supply base and I was able to acquire 2,000 face masks that will be delivered to Windsor Regional Hospital.

Theyre set to arrive the week of April 13. Previously, the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association challenged its members to donate one million masks to the cause.

Valiant then went to work in-house, printing 15 shields for the hospital.The Schulich School of Medicine, which operates out ofWestern University in London, Ont., and the University of Windsor, then said it needed some for triage workers. So Valiant printed another 15 for the school.

There are now multiple places were delivering, Elias said.

Midwives, nursing homes and emergency rooms in the Windsor region are all receiving the shields, adding to what auto suppliers and politicians are calling the Canadian-made arsenal of health. Valiant is supplying the masks free of charge.

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