During this global crisis, the safety of our employees and the public, including healthcare workers and first-responders, must be paramount. We are grateful for the work our people are doing to support the public health response and are taking actions to protect their well-being, including remote work when possible and robust safety protocols in our facilities.
Since January 3M has doubled production of N95 respirators to 1.1 billion per year at its global manufacturing facilities, including in the U.S., Asia and Europe. 3M will double its capacity again to 2 billion per year within the next 12 months.
In this crisis 3M is experiencing an unprecedented surge in demand for N95 respirators, and demand will outpace supply for the foreseeable future. As we urgently work to expand our own production, we are also working with governments and others to prioritize, triage and redirect supplies to serve the most critical needs and areas. 3M is also partnering with other companies on a range of innovative solutions to protect healthcare workers and first responders.
Since the beginning of the outbreak, we have doubled our global production of N95 respirators. Our production lines are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we are hiring new employees, adding shifts and activating more lines to maximize the production of other important products, such as hand sanitizers and surface disinfectants.
Protecting our 3Mers and maintaining business continuity.
We have been able to maintain operations under different circumstances throughout the world, working in an agile manner locally, regionally and globally, collaborating with experts and governments worldwide.
We have implemented different measures to protect and support our employees, from remote work from home, to strengthening the safety protocols in our plants and distribution centers
Most of the N95 respirators that arrive in Latin America are now designated first and foremost to healthcare professionals who are assisting as first responders to the outbreak, the rest of the products are distributed among other industries which are also critical during this pandemic, including energy, food and pharmaceutical companies.
We are working to support the fight against counterfeiting and fraudulent activities with 3M products which are critical in order to provide a during the pandemic.
3M prices for all our medical supplies, including N95 respirators, are the same prices we had prior to the pandemic
We have recently received some reports regarding possible counterfeiting activities and fraudulent sale in web sites and social network pages, especially of respiratory protection products. If you detect any fraud or counterfeiting situation you can report it at:
3M does not sell products directly on web pages or through social networks. In case it is necessary, we recommend consulting availability of 3M products, solely through our authorized distributors. However, we must repeat at this time, that our priority is to assist healthcare professionals which who are working as first responders providing assistance against COVID-19.
If you need help to identify 3M authorized distributors, please consult the following page
The adequate selection and use of respirators is a key element for the reduction of the exposure to contaminants in the air. You can find technical bulletins, procedure videos, adjustment tests resources and more information to help you protect your employees and yourself.
Obtain information and application advice regarding 3M cleaning and disinfection products which can be used by facility managers, construction service contractors and all those who clean public spaces.
Everyday health professionals put themselves at risk to guarantee that other can be assisted. 3M Medical offers resources and information to help protect those professionals and the patients, especially during these hard times.
If you have any questions regarding the virus and which is the best way to protect yourself, please consult the official sources to learn about the latest recommendations