Eastman employees around the world are "using innovation and their collaborative spirit" to help support front line health care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the company. Eastman is providing materials to help make critical items needed for medical, health and hygiene products that are in short supply. So far, Eastman has reportedly made the following contributions:
- 10,000 face shields for hospitals in Massachusetts via a collaboration with SMC Ltd.;
- Donated copolyester resins to PRP Creation as part of an effort by cosmetics companies to produce 475,000 bottles of hand sanitizer for health organizations in France;
- Distributed window film to Harlow College to produce 300 additional face shields for hospital workers in the United Kingdom;
- Collaborated with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and universities to help produce 10,000 face shields;
- Donated copolyesters to companies in Brazil to manufacture 20,000 face shields for hospitals; and,
- Donated critical PPE including 180 N95 masks and 4,400 nitrile gloves to first responders in Massachusetts.
Also, Eastman has converted a pilot plant at its largest U.S. manufacturing site to produce hand sanitizer for area schools and emergency responders.
“Quick, creative collaborations within our communities are making an impact,” says Mark Costa, board chair and CEO. “I am so proud of our hardworking Eastman employees who are guided by our shared vision that our work today will help slow down the spread of the virus tomorrow. Their courage, determination and innovative spirit will help Eastman and our local communities to navigate through the current situation and contribute to the world’s needs.”
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