Airbus Americas Inc. named 2020 Innovator of the Year
Business View – December 2020 / January 2021 / Innovator of the Year
As shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) became critical for local health care workers, Airbus stepped up and shifted operations to help.
Using 3D printers, the Airbus production and engineering teams produced more than 500 reusable and washable face masks and hundreds of tension-relief straps for medical personnel. In addition, the company donated 40,000 masks from its own inventory to Mobile and Baldwin County emergency workers.
“This has been a challenging year for everyone due to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. It’s an honor for the Airbus engineering and manufacturing teams in Mobile to be recognized for our role in supporting the community and the true heroes of this fight – our front-line health workers! This was a collective endeavor with other Mobile industrial partners, and I would like to thank Austal USA, AM/NS Calvert and Evonik for their leadership and collaboration on this project,” said Daryl Taylor, head of commercial manufacturing for Airbus.
“While several other manufacturers also jumped in to contribute to the local effort, Airbus led the charge,” says David Rodgers, the Chamber’s vice president of economic development.
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