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Proper Group has announced the formation of the PGM medical business unit to help tackle the critical medical supply challenges amid the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic outbreak.

The company is currently developing and manufacturing products and components for urgent and life-saving medical equipment.

As part of a programme led by General Motors and Ventec Life Systems to increase production of ventilators, Proper Group has agreed to manufacture tools and production of the key components.

The company noted that building of the tools is in progress while the production is slated to start on 24 April at its manufacturing facilities located in Michigan, Warren, and Pulaski, Tennessee.

Proper Group Manufacturing president Michael Mualem said: “I am tremendously proud of our team’s commitment to help fulfill the immense need for critical medical equipment.  Within one week, the team was able to take a concept to production. It is very rewarding to be able to contribute to the fight against Covid-19.”

Meanwhile, the company is also collaborating with Henry Ford Health System for the production of face shields.

The PGM medical business unit designed, developed, and moved into production within one week. The team is now set to produce around 40,000 shields in the next three weeks.

These face shields will be distributed in Henry Ford Hospitals in Detroit, Macomb, Wyandotte, Jackson, and West Bloomfield.

Henry Ford Innovation Institute’s Vikas Relan said: “Proper Group has really stepped up to assist Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) with providing quality PPE for our front-line staff, instantly making an impact against this current global pandemic.

“The flexibility and eagerness to work with us to rapidly evolve a quality prototype has been nothing short of amazing.”